This Car Ride Is Going South (Park)

, , , , , | TX, USA | Friendly | November 24, 2016

Back in the early 2000s, my mother used to host day trips through our local community college, meant for people in their 60s and above. If there are more than 10 people, she asks me to drive the college’s second van, since I work for the college as well, and have had the safety course. We’re almost to our destination point when we miss our turn off, and are forced to leave the highway to take an underpass. However, at the red light, I get separated from her.

She calls me on my cell phone to give me directions. Unbeknownst to me, my brother has changed my usual ringtone from a generic ring to “Kyle’s Mom is a Big Fat B****” from South Park. The song floods the small van. What’s worse is, because I’m driving, I can’t stop the phone ringing, I can’t pick up, and I can only sit there in horror as the song stops… then picks up again.

I hurriedly stop, grab my phone during the third call to answer my mom, and get safely to our destination. As my group, all elderly women, exits the vehicle, one of them says, “I’m going to pray for you,” and refuses to ride back with me on the trip home. Years later, and I still slap my brother upside the head when I think about it.

Your Shift Is Bigger, Longer, And Uncut

, | Austin, TX, USA | Right | September 17, 2016

The ‘South Park’ movie has just come out in theaters, including the theater where I am working. There is no single, key, specific bad customer here; just countless under-age kids trying to sneak in, to the point where corporate office sent a notation that all theaters must post someone inside the door for every showing.

I am the youngest employee, and in fact, one of the only ones who is not old enough to be a parent or grandparent.

As everyone else on the staff actively dislikes South Park, three guesses as to who gets stationed to stand just inside the entry to that theater, day after day, eight hour shift after eight hour shift.

Without meaning to, I have memorized much of the d*** film and can quote dialogue verbatim. Kind of ruined the show for me, and set me on the path of hating bratty, entitled customers. I also heard of a guy at another theater doing the same job who got maced for not letting a middle-school kid into the movie when she tried to sneak in.

A Nice Gesture To Make You Fall Off Your Chair

, , | Los Angeles, CA, USA | Hopeless | September 8, 2016

(I am on my way to work early morning when an older black woman in an electric wheelchair approaches.)

Woman: “Excuse me, can you help? My chair is low on power and I need to get to an appointment. Could you push my wheelchair as it doesn’t have enough power to get up the curb ramps of the sidewalks. It’s only a few blocks.”

(The few blocks turns out to be a little over half a mile in the heart of Skid Row, where the sidewalks are blocked by people living in tents or just on the sidewalks themselves, out in the open. What is left of the charge in her chair gives out about halfway to her destination. If you’ve ever tried pushing an electric wheelchair with no charge, you know it’s like pushing a car with no tires or rims. When we get to the destination she offers me $5 for helping her.)

Woman: “Here, take this.”

Me: “No, hold onto it in case you need it later.”

(There are several people already at the clinic gate, waiting for it to be opened. They see me, a pasty older white guy pushing the lady in her chair. After I wish her a good day and good luck, one of the other people waiting in line yells to me:)

Person: “Hey, Miss Daisy! You’re doing it wrong!”

(I thought I would pee my pants from laughing!)

A Movie Happy-Ending

, , | DE, USA | Hopeless | June 1, 2016

(I am a teenage girl. My mother and I decide to go out and catch a movie that recently came out. A massive thunderstorm starts just as we are leaving, knocking the power out of most of the area. As we’re driving we realize that we are almost out of gas and none of the gas stations we pass have power. We finally find a station that is pumping gas, but its credit card machines aren’t working and my mom only has two dollars in cash. Somehow we finally make it to the theater. It’s very crowded even though it’s only a Tuesday evening. We get in line for tickets behind a woman who is with her family. As my mom and I are discussing show times, the woman turns to us.)

Woman: “Oh, are you going to see [Movie], too?”

Mom: “Yes, it’s just the two of us at home tonight so we’d thought we’d go to the movies.”

Woman: “My daughter and I had gotten two tickets earlier, but now the whole family wants to come so we’re getting more.”

(We continue making small-talk until we reach the ticket booth, where we discover that they’re sold out. My mom and I are both disappointed that after everything we went through to get here, we can’t see the movie, and we go to walk out of the theater. Halfway to our car we decide to go back in and see if we can get tickets for a later showing, thinking we can get dinner first and then come back to see the movie at 9:30 or 10. As we again go back inside to head to the ticket booth, we see the woman who we met in line. She waves us over.)

Woman: “I was hoping I’d find you two. They were sold out of tickets so the rest of the family can’t go, but my daughter and I didn’t want to go alone.” *she hands us the two tickets she said she had bought earlier* “Here you go. God bless you.”

Mom: *astonished* “Oh– Thank you!”

(The woman and her family left before we could thank her properly, and my mom and I were so shocked we didn’t know what to do! We greatly enjoyed the movie, and told everyone about what had happened the next day. To the lady who gave us her tickets, we are so grateful for your kindness!)

You Got A Friend In Me

, , , | London, England, UK | Hopeless | April 4, 2016

(It’s 1995 and I’m 15 and going through a very bad time in my life. One day I go into my local cinema just to use the toilet, and as I’m in the foyer about to leave a woman comes up to me.)

Woman: “Excuse me, would you like this ticket to see this new film?”

Me: “I can’t afford to buy that from you, but the box office will give you a refund.”

Woman: “I know, but I’d like you to have it. We have one spare and it’s yours if you want it. You don’t have to give me any money; I just want you to enjoy this film.”

Me: *almost at the point of tears, at this generosity* “Well, thank you. Thank you so much!”

(The film was ‘Toy Story.’ Lady, it’s been twenty years, but you showed me how a simple act of kindness can make someone’s life so much better. Thank you.)

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