We’ve been stingy with bouquets for a while, so lest you think we’ve become cynical, today we have two. Both scenes play out on city buses — one act of courage, one act of random kindness. The only hint of sadness to be gleaned from these stories is that they are presented as exceptional. They are not. The outerclass may seem to exist on the fringes, both financially and culturally, but where it counts we all live in the same neighbourhood.
Commuters on a Winnipeg bus Tuesday morning became unexpected witnesses to an incredible act of kindness.
According to CBC News, the bus driver pulled over on a corner and began chatting with a homeless man on the street. After a couple of minutes, he removed his shoes and gave them to the barefoot young man. The driver then got back on the bus in his socks and carried on with his route.
When the bus driver returned without his shoes and started the bus again, one of the passengers told the driver that his random act of kindness was one of the most amazing things she’d ever seen, asking him why he did it.
He replied, “I couldn’t stand seeing someone walking barefoot in this temperature like this,” according to Campbell. “He said, ‘I just saw him walking and thought, ‘Hey, I could do something’,” she added.
A registered sex offender who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl on a transit bus Tuesday morning in Modesto was taken down by four homeless men and held until officers arrived, police said. The suspect had been paroled from prison just the day before.
The homeless men came to the girl’s rescue despite their physical limitations.
Barretta, an ex-Marine, hobbles around on a bad hip. Falls, who wears a brace for an infected foot, said he once worked as security guard for a Las Vegas casino. Mitchell has struggled with a lower back injury. The other passenger who assisted was identified as “Dave,” his last name unknown.
Barretta said he regularly sees the 15-year-old girl with other young people on the bus. “These kids are nice. We were not going to let anything like this happen on this bus,” he said.