Okay I want to share a story with you all about a random act of kindness I experienced in the most unlikely place this past weekend. I’ll keep it as short as possible but the summary is that GOOD PEOPLE STILL WALK THIS EARTH.
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So on Tuesday 16/11, I decided I was going into London for the weekend so I bought my off-peak anytime-return ticket. Usually, you need to choose an outbound travel date but the ticket is valid for 30days from purchase. I chose Thurs 18/11 but didn’t travel till Fri 19/11.
On the train, the conductor (White Female) asked for tickets and with all confidence in the world, I showed her on my phone. She scanned the QR and said “I’m sorry it’s not valid for today”. Apparently, I had erroneously chosen a fixed outbound and a flexible inbound.
The catch here is, the Off-Peak return ticket is a fixed £100 ticket, so I thought it shouldn’t matter much that I used it Thurs or Fri, there is no revenue loss to @AvantiWestCoast anyways but I understand the conductor trying to enforce rules.
@AvantiWestCoast So she checked and said “that will be £70 pls” for outbound trip. 😂😂
(Bear in mind the £100 was unused yesterday anyway).
I could easily swipe my credit card but no way I was going to pay another £70 in addition to £100 I already paid.
@AvantiWestCoast So I told her I couldn’t pay that. In her words: “I’m left with no choice but to hand you over to the Police at Euston.” At this point I’m like, yeah whatever. So I said to her that it was fine with me, and that I’m certain anyone else would see my point. 😩😩
Fast forward 1hr later and we’re 10 mins from Euston, an elderly White gentleman approaches me and asks to sit next to me. He and his wife sat across from me on the other aisle all along. He asks if I had settled my ticket issues & I said no, I’m waiting for the Police at Euston.
He looks at me and says: “it’s not worth it man, it just too much stress, here’s £70, pay them!”

Like, A STRANGER GAVE ME £70 ON THE TRAIN IN THIS COUNTRY. I’ve never experienced anything like it before.

I'm almost in tears at this point.
Honestly, I tried everything to tell this man I couldn't take the money from him, & I could pay with my credit card - I just wanted someone to reason with me. He wasn’t having it. “I have a son like you, etc.” I could see his wife nodding that I should go on & take the money.
I took the money, got to Euston, stayed on the train & waited for the Police but they didn’t show up (didn’t want to alight & seem like I was trying to escape 😂). I looked out the window & saw the conductor wheeling her box out of the station & I knew nothing else was happening.
Thankfully, I got the man’s contact & I’ve been in touch. I have sent him the £70 since I had no need of it.

So here’s Rab Corder - the gentleman who was so kind to me. I asked to take a photo with him & he obliged.
He was traveling from Glasgow to London. So if you’re ever up in Dumfries or anywhere in Scotland and need bathroom fittings – please patronise Rab & his team at AskRab.com

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