Leaving your car parked in a residential area may draw the ire of the people who stay there. However, when second-year law student Derek Murray returned to his car, which was parked in a residential area near University of Alberta, he was in for a rather bittersweet surprise.
Derek parked Wednesday morning in the residential neighborhood to take the LRT to the University of Alberta. In a hurry, he forgot to switch off the car’s headlights, and sure enough, when he got back, the car’s battery was completely drained out. But before he could curse his luck, he noticed a rather large handwritten note neatly stuck on the windshield, reported Elite Daily. When he read the note, his day became much brighter.
The note read, “I noticed you left your lights on. The battery will probably not have enough charge to start your vehicle. I left a blue extension cord on the fence and a HD battery charger besides the fence in the cardboard box. If you know how to hook it up, use it to start your car.”
Though such a sweet note along with the equipment to jump-start Derek’s car would have sufficed, the kind Samaritan continued to explain, in detail, how to use the charger to get the car started.
“It is simple: Hook the red clip to the positive terminal of your batter and the black clip to the negative terminal. Do not touch the black and red clips together while the charger is still plugged in.
“The charger is already set to 12 Volts and Start Mode. You might have to wait a few minutes to let the battery charge.
Skeptical, Derek glanced over the fence and sure enough, “there was a blue extension cord plugged into an outlet behind the guy’s house with a battery charger right there beside it,” he said. However, when he initially approached the car and saw the windshield, he expected something else entirely.
“When I first saw the note, I was expecting it to be an angry letter from someone telling me not to park there. Instead, I got someone just totally brightening my day. My day could have been ruined but, because of this guy, it was the highlight of my day.”
The note and the gesture were too great to go unnoticed, and hence Derek took a few photos and posted them online, reported Edmonton Journal. Needless to say, the visual proof of the random act of kindness has gone viral. Derek even shared that a company got in touch with him, hoping to reward the Good Samaritan’s kindness with two Oilers NHL tickets. Unfortunately, when Derek tried contacting the person by knocking on the door, there was no answer.
[Image Credit | John Lucas, Edmonton Journal]