Finding a parking spot in a crowded area has got to be one of the most annoying things a person has to do when they are stressed and in a rush. That frustrated feeling may even start to turn into an overwhelming sense of panic as they circle around and around, at times just missing out on the perfect spot at the last second to another lucky driver—and possibly ending up late for an important commitment.
A Reddit user from the UK knows all about this struggle. As a decent person, he tries to be as courteous as possible when he knows others are likely to be stressed. One day however, he decided to do something different.
One man wanted to do something to help people struggling to find a parking spot.
The man knew he wouldn’t need his car for the entire day, so he put a sign on his parked vehicle saying that anyone should feel free to use the spot behind and block him in.
He never expected what was going to happen next.
After going about his day, the man returned and was surprised to find a note waiting for him on his car.
“Hi, I didn’t need to use the space you left available but plenty of people did,” the note explained. “I wanted to acknowledge your small act of kindness and awareness of others that seems to be nonexistent here. Please have this £5 to treat yourself to a frivolous cake or a drink later. Or donate it to a charity you like.”
“Keep being better than most! Love from another human.”
Indeed, inside the letter was a 5-pound note.
Thankful that he was able to help people find a spot to park, as well as inspire others to pass on the kindness, the man took to his Reddit account to share a picture of the note along with a short description of what had happened.
“Left a sign on my car saying I was out all day and people could block me in,” the man’s post said. “This note was attached when I got back.”
The man never expected his post to go viral, but go viral it did.
Promptly amassing over 43,000 upvotes, the kind gesture was shared by many other Reddit users, while others simply told their own stories of doing their best to make the world a better place.
The original poster was overwhelmed by the incredible response, and he later added a note in the comments explaining why he had decided to share his story.
“Put this up in the vain hope that the person who wrote the letter might see it and know that I really appreciate their words and that they absolutely made my day,” the comment read.
He went on to say that he ended up paying it forward and using the money for a good cause.