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Warm car, warm bank, warm hearts

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My car stalled on Bison Drive at a set of lights and would not start again. I called CAA for a tow and was waiting inside my car as the temperature inside plummeted.

I was starting to freeze. A kind gentleman came up and asked if I’d like to wait for the tow with him and his wife in their car. We ended up going to Costco first and after that, my friend, Sue, called to say she was picking me up at Costco.

This couple made sure I was, in fact, picked up and taken back to my car to wait for CAA. They said they wanted to make sure I wasn’t left out in the cold. Their names were Keith and Lorraine and were from St. Adolphe and were my angels that night. I can’t thank them enough!

Then, two weeks later, my car wouldn’t start at the Scotiabank at Killarney Avenue and Pembina Highway. This time I was able to wait inside the bank until the tow arrived. I was asked if I wanted a coffee, oranges, chocolates, some magazines to read (from their lunchroom). The staff treated me like royalty. I have been dealing with this bank for a very long time and have always liked the customer service, but they went beyond that day!

Yes Winnipeg, we may have some of the coldest winters in Canada, but we also have some of the kindest and most thoughtful people in the world.

— Lorrie Papadopoulos

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