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Topic: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: AR385
Posted 2012-12-14 11:09:36 and read 3134 times.

In the spirit of the season, I´d like to share a story that happened to me yesterday.

I was in a mall near my house, huge eyesore, but convenient, doing some Christmas shopping. So I came back home in the afternoon and had a nap. I heard the doorbell ring and paid no attention. Later, my brother comes in, and tells me "someone just came by and brought your wallet." A young lady. Turns out I had dropped it somewhere in the mall, and this lady picked it up. She took her time to look through it, fnd my ID and came to my house to return it. Everything was there, all the cash, all the cards, all the documents. She accepted no reward, and left no info. Too bad, my brother says she was hot, to boot.

Any similar stories? ´Tis the season to be jolly...

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: stratosphere
Posted 2012-12-14 17:19:51 and read 3014 times.

Thats cool .. You don't see that happen too often...I remember my brother had laid is motorcycle down and slid on his butt guess he tore his jeans up and lost his wallet..Well someone found it and brought it to the house. Of course the money was gone.. But his license was there. If I was to guess I would say they found the wallet took the money and brought it to the house for some kind of reward which we gave them because we really didn't know if they took the money or not. Just glad to get the wallet back...You were lucky to get all of it back.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: fr8mech
Posted 2012-12-14 18:33:07 and read 2976 times.

Actually, the vast majority of people we interact with on a daily basis are not jerks. It's just that jerks get all the attention.

I'm glad you took the time to post this as it gives kudos to a non-jerk.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: mayor
Posted 2012-12-14 18:36:46 and read 2973 times.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 2):

Went thru a fast food drive thru the other day and when I got to the window, she told me that the guy in front of me had paid for my food.......SO, I paid for the guy behind me and came out a dollar ahead, to boot. I'm just glad he wasn't driving a Suburban full of hungry folks.  

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: kiwiinoz
Posted 2012-12-14 19:11:55 and read 2951 times.

Quoting mayor (Reply 3):
Went thru a fast food drive thru the other day and when I got to the window, she told me that the guy in front of me had paid for my food.......SO, I paid for the guy behind me and came out a dollar ahead, to boot. I'm just glad he wasn't driving a Suburban full of hungry folks.

Cool story. Very cool

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: KaiGywer
Posted 2012-12-14 19:31:25 and read 2937 times.

Quoting kiwiinoz (Reply 4):
Cool story. Very cool

Pay it forward. I've heard of that happening all over the country.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: mayor
Posted 2012-12-14 19:47:08 and read 2922 times.

Quoting KaiGywer (Reply 5):
Pay it forward. I've heard of that happening all over the country.

Or pay it backwards, as it were.  

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: bristolflyer
Posted 2012-12-14 19:49:55 and read 2920 times.

I was at DEN a couple of years ago and was walking through one of the parking lots and found a credit card from a local Credit Union. I called the number on the back of the card, described what had happened and the operator was amazed I had called. She called the owner of the card who was still at the airport, by the time I had got to the airport on the shuttle bus she was waiting for me at the curb and I gave her the card. She was very grateful - as you would be if you had just avoided going away without a credit card. I declined the $5 she offered me - told her to do the same to someone else at some point.

I was way excited that I had done someone a good turn!

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: 3DoorsDown
Posted 2012-12-14 20:54:51 and read 2889 times.

You guys are all cool. I went through a Mc Donalds drive through one morning and like Mayor above had the lady in front of me pay for my food. A few weeks later at the same place I decided whoever pulled in behind me I was going to buy their food. It happened to be a Snohomish County cop. I bought it and went on about my business. A couple days later I got pulled over for no apparent reason after work and was getting a little ticked off until the cop walked up and told me he just wanted to say thanks for the breakfast the other day. Kind of made my day all three days.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: mayor
Posted 2012-12-14 21:34:02 and read 2871 times.

Quoting 3DoorsDown (Reply 8):

And THEN he wrote you a ticket, right?  

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: ZKSUJ
Posted 2012-12-15 04:07:49 and read 2804 times.

This is a very positive thread, it's great. I used to work part time in a mall car park where many people were rude and treated us staff like dumb idiots. This was even more apparent during the the lead up to Christmas where people were stressed and the season of 'good will to man', 'caring and thoughtfulness' was non existent. It's good to to see many people still have a sense of honesty and integrity

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: MD11Engineer
Posted 2012-12-15 04:20:37 and read 2794 times.

Last night, around midnight, somebody knocked at my door. It was a guy, who happened to drive by in the street and noticed that I left the lights on on my truck. Without him the battery would have been flat in the morning.

Jan

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: aerdingus
Posted 2012-12-15 12:55:47 and read 2714 times.

The other day my travel card was -40c for the €1.40 fare to my house. As I went to get off the bus, I noticed the door was still closed, & he asked where I was going, & let me stay on the bus home! I was waiting for a thread like this for this story   And with all the horrible stuff going on in the world everywhere, this thread is really nice to see.

Have a good day everyone!

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: flyingturtle
Posted 2012-12-15 13:18:57 and read 2702 times.

I had such a thing about five weeks ago. I found a wallet, looked it through for any ID, found the mass transit card with the address on it, called the phone directory, got the number of her parents (who barely spoke German), which gave me her mobile number, and then we met.

I simply got a "thank you" and she went away - and I'm happy about having been able to save a lot of trouble for somebody.



Some years ago, on a windy day at the end of the school year, a schoolgirl lost her drawings. They fluttered over a busy road with a lot of truck traffic, over a sidewalk, some into the grass, and I fetched some of them, while the girl went after the others. But then, she left the scene.

On all the drawings, she noted her first name and the first letter of her last name. Under a complete and utter disregard for privacy, the school authority found out and e-mailed me her address (it's a 170'000 people town), I got her mother on the phone, and both were very happy because I retrieved both the drawing she liked best and liked least.


David

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: AlnessW
Posted 2012-12-15 13:54:58 and read 2686 times.

My rocket club holds our monthly meetings at a local Italian restaurant. Every meeting the same server works in the restaurant's meeting room for us, taking our dinner orders and bringing out any food/beverages. She's a very young girl, maybe 19 or 20 years old, but she does a great job every time. One year, a good friend of mine (who was club president at the time) started an annual group collection for her, as a thank you for all of her hard work. Everyone was asked to contribute, and in the end they brought in almost $1000 for her. I wasn't there, but apparently both our server and our club president were almost tearing up.  

Now it's become an annual tradition.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: VC10BOAC
Posted 2012-12-15 16:47:57 and read 2644 times.

Well slightly different take but here goes. Many years ago I was on a date with a woman I met in a bar couple days earlier. She was hot!! Anyway things were going really well. Then she went to the ladies room. Came back and said we need to leave NOW!! No explanation. On my way taking her home, it turned out that she had found a purse in the ladies room and took it. She wanted to leave before the owner realized and came back for it. I was totally disgusted and took the purse away from her. I then stopped the car and put her out right there on the spot. Went back to the bar and gave the purse to the bartender who confirmed that someone had realized that she lost a purse.

I see nothing unusual with the initial post. This is how we are supposed to act in civilized society.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: N867DA
Posted 2012-12-15 17:03:54 and read 2634 times.

Quoting fr8mech (Reply 2):
Actually, the vast majority of people we interact with on a daily basis are not jerks. It's just that jerks get all the attention.

This is very true. Most people aren't opportunists. If everybody was a passive thief or pickpocket, we'd need to start locking our wallets to a string tied to our jeans!  

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: DocLightning
Posted 2012-12-16 16:19:39 and read 2545 times.

Quoting N867DA (Reply 16):
This is very true. Most people aren't opportunists. If everybody was a passive thief or pickpocket, we'd need to start locking our wallets to a string tied to our jeans!

There are chain wallets (were quite popular for a while) that attached to the belt.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: aloges
Posted 2012-12-16 16:33:12 and read 2537 times.

Quoting VC10BOAC (Reply 15):
I see nothing unusual with the initial post. This is how we are supposed to act in civilized society.

I agree entirely, mainly because I firmly believe that "what goes around comes around". If you act respectfully, it will be rewarded, but if you act like a jerk, people will treat you like one - not least because the way you act does somewhat define your personality.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: N867DA
Posted 2012-12-16 18:20:50 and read 2495 times.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 17):
There are chain wallets (were quite popular for a while) that attached to the belt.

I thought of those while writing the post, but always assumed they were worn by people going for a certain image/look and not for security.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: HAWK21M
Posted 2012-12-16 22:53:40 and read 2460 times.

There are a lot of such folks out here......unfortunately they are looked on with suspicion because of the majority.

Did you get the contact details of the person that returned your wallet.make it a point to meet and say thanks.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: FlyDeltaJets
Posted 2012-12-17 02:51:45 and read 2429 times.

I always try to help anyone that I can. There is this feeling that comes over me that I can't really explain when I do good for someone else. Sometimes people accuse me of being too nice. I say there is no such thing. You are only as nice and helpful as you want to be.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: MD11Engineer
Posted 2012-12-17 03:01:06 and read 2424 times.

Quoting N867DA (Reply 19):
Quoting DocLightning (Reply 17):
There are chain wallets (were quite popular for a while) that attached to the belt.

I thought of those while writing the post, but always assumed they were worn by people going for a certain image/look and not for security.

Motorcycle gangsters (Hell´s Angels type) used to wear them over here, but they were also quite popular with waiters / waitresses because they would often carry larger amounts of money on the job and having it chained to the belt prevented them from accidentally leaving the wallet on some table.

Jan

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: HAWK21M
Posted 2012-12-18 23:17:02 and read 2235 times.

Quoting FlyDeltaJets (Reply 21):
Sometimes people accuse me of being too nice

Thats their opinion...If it makes you happy doing what you do...then just do it.....

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: Nimish
Posted 2012-12-19 03:36:38 and read 2197 times.

Used 2 United GPUs + 2 LH upgrade vouchers to get some friends upgraded to business flying EWR-FRA and BLR-FRA-DEN. The powers of Facebook, posted that I had these available and got responses and upgrades pretty soon after that!

The vouchers were expiring at the end of the year, and I had no further long haul travel coming up, so figured tis' the season to share...

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: zippyjet
Posted 2012-12-19 22:06:56 and read 2126 times.

Quoting AR385 (Thread starter):

  

She earned her angel wings. Once you get away from lawyers and Wall Street most people are actually pretty nice and cool and believe in the Golden Rule!

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: MIAspotter
Posted 2012-12-21 12:08:28 and read 2010 times.

Quoting FlyDeltaJets (Reply 21):
You are only as nice and helpful as you want to be.

Bit of self gloss, every friday I go to this supermarket near work to do my weekly food shopping, and lately I have seen a homeless man sitting outside the entrance (sadly a common sight nowadays in Spain) so I thought I might buy him some food, I didn´t know what to get him tho so I got him a big chocolate and almonds bar (typical of christmas round here) and gave him 10€ that I had in my wallet.

Next time I could try and get him something better like bread, cheese and water/juice, but hey it´s a start!

MIAspotter.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: flyingturtle
Posted 2012-12-21 13:57:28 and read 1995 times.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 26):

Only those who give are aware of how rich they truly are.


Myself, I've done 6 weeks of voluntary farm work during my studies. Not much, but still...

And since three years, I go walking with a blind, 86 years old woman. At times, she really is a strain on my nerves, but I keep on doing this. She has estranged herself from her whole family (which she calls liars), and the manager of the organization told me that I've been doing the most stressful job of all those voluntary companions...


David

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: Ps762
Posted 2012-12-25 03:50:31 and read 1849 times.

Hi!

Nice story. No I have never had a beautiful woman bring me anything! But I imagine it must be nice so enjoy it while it lasts!

I did try and do a good deed the other day though. My Mum found a nice mobile phone in her gym's parking place and brought it home. It was one of the new really nice ones with the big touchscreens in a wallet thing. She was like "finders keepers maybe I can use it with a new chip etc." I was like "Mum you should return it. Firstly why do you want someone's mobile phone and secondly people keep tons of stuff on them these days like photos and stuff they like and need. Also we are not desperately poor or anything. So as it was locked for phoning etc. she took it back and handed it to reception and it turned out it belonged to one of the staff their and they were looking for it etc.

They didn't give us a free coffee or anything which would have been nice but I'm happy she gave it back since we really didn't need it anyway.

However next time I'm at the mall maybe I will make up a fake "wallet" and drop it by a beautiful woman and see if she does the same! (Not likely!)

Many thanks!

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: stealthz
Posted 2012-12-25 05:14:25 and read 1837 times.

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 13):
Under a complete and utter disregard for privacy, the school authority found out and e-mailed me her address

It is kind of sad but in the 21st century that is completely unacceptable.
One of the services my dept provides is a "Keytag service" we provide keytags with a contact Ph and the member number so the finder can call us to help get the member and their keys reunited. Under no circumstances will the mbrs details be given to the finder even if it is the Police. Most often we will call the mbr and establish a conf call with the finder.

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: flyingturtle
Posted 2012-12-25 09:14:25 and read 1802 times.

Quoting Ps762 (Reply 28):
My Mum found a nice mobile phone in her gym's parking place and brought it home. It was one of the new really nice ones with the big touchscreens in a wallet thing. She was like "finders keepers maybe I can use it with a new chip etc."

Two years ago, one evening I traveled back from BRN by train and I just saw two or three girls leaving a compartment, and I noticed that one of them had left a mobile phone on the seat. Because the train was leaving in just a few moments, I took the phone, looked through the contacts, and found and called "Papa".

He then gave me his address in order to reunite the phone with the student, and I my account was enjoyed receiving about 20 $.


David

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: MD11Engineer
Posted 2012-12-25 10:42:12 and read 1777 times.

Three years ago I first sponsored a children´s christmas party in a slum in a rundown industrial city in the Philippines. The fathers of these children used to work in a local steel mill, but lost their jobs when this steel mill couldn´t compete anymore with steel imported from China. Most of them are trying to make the ends meet by working as labourers. Obviously their income is just enough for the bare necessities and things like birthday or christmas celebrations are out of of question. My sister-in-law, who is a town councillor there, suggested that I should sponsor the christmas party so that the children will have at least something from the holidays. For me it wasn´t a lot I gave (about the equivalent of 3 days of work after tax), but from this money the women of this slum cooked a huge pot of spaghetti with a meat sauce and then gave each child a plate full of it, together with a piece of cake as a dessert, a juice drink and a small toy or something useful, like a pair of rubber slippers or pens and notepads for school. They also hired a sound system and organised games for the children on the local basketball court.
This has now become a kind of a tradition. Every year I send money down to my sister-in-law to organise this party.
Also this November, when my girlfriend and myself were visiting her family, one day the sister came in with a very serious face. One child in the local elementary school had died of Dengue fever. Normally this mosquito borne disease is relatively easy to treat, but the child´ds parents could neither afford a medical insurance nor could they pay for the treatment. My girlfriend´s sister asked us if we could sponsor a programme, which would provide a basic medical insurance for the children. It only costs 1 Euro to insure one child for a year. My girlfriend and myself now insured 100 children in this school (the insurance scheme is done via the school, the school picks those children, who´s parents can´t afford the insurance themselves). When I came back to Germany and told friends about it, many of them wanted to contribute as well, so net year, when the new contracts are due, we´ll probably insure more children.
There were some other projects as well, like helping the local highschool to get some instruments for their band or a garbage incinerator, one of my girlfriend´s nephews (a welder by trade) and myself built there.
My girlfriend and myself are joking that somehow we have adopted a town district, but on the other hand maybe some day I´ll be living there (possibly when we are retired), so it also helps to improve this district and get a good reputation. I know already now that if I go to the slum, I´ll be completely safe and, quite the contrary, I´ll be invited for a cup of coffee in the local corner store (Sari Sari store).

Incidentally, if somebody has an old but useable trumpet, trombone, flute or saophone he wants to get rid off, I´ll take it and send it on to the highschool.
I´ll also take useable laboratory equipment for their science lab. Simple microscopes or other scientific equipment would be greatly appreciated.

Jan

Topic: RE: The World Is Not Just Filled With Jerks
Username: Ps762
Posted 2012-12-25 15:18:45 and read 1738 times.

Hi!

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 31):
Incidentally, if somebody has an old but useable trumpet, trombone, flute or saophone he wants to get rid off, I´ll take it and send it on to the highschool.
I´ll also take useable laboratory equipment for their science lab. Simple microscopes or other scientific equipment would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for the story. I'm sure there are many like it. I don't know much about this kinda stuff but I do think sometimes this kinda informal just handing stuff down does a lot. I'm sure established charities help a lot of people too, probably much more, but sometimes I wonder how much gets creamed off the top. I know people who make good saleries working for big charities so although it is helping people it is also big business maybe.

Many thsnks!.


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