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Ugh just got massively spoiled for SPN from the front page of LJ. DON'T LOOK THERE. I was so ENRAGED. Expletives were heard.

Anyway I came on in the midst of busy work day to tell you this story which is very cheering-upping about my work-colleague Jan.

On Friday, Jan and Bob her husband went to the Supermarket. They park the car outside and run in for a few items of groceries, leaving Walnut, their corgi, in the car, as it is a cool day and he's a well-behaved sort. Anyway, when they come out, the car is GONE. In its place is a mobile home which has rear-ended the car, pushing it out of its carpark, and crumpled the entire back end of it. Walnut is fine, not even a little bit perturbed. It turns out that the distressed drivers of said mobile home have arrived in the country (from Dublin) not two hours before. They're insured etc, but don't quite have the handling of the motorhome sorted yet, it seems. TThe police come, and are very rude to the Dublin mobile-home drivers "treating them like criminals" (to quote Jan) (as you or I might think was actually quite appropriate). Jan is horrified that the visitors might think all New Zealanders are this horrible, surmises that they won't be able to make their proposed destination (Lake Tekapo) this evening, and INVITES THEM TO COME AND STAY AT HER PLACE. SHE MAKES THEM DINNER, AND BREAKFAST in the morning, and then sends them on their happy way off to the Lakes. After they trashed her car.

She is the kindest nicest person. She has been taking great care of me the last couple of weeks when I have been so sad, and I just think she is amazing. I said to her "I would have said, WTF IDIOTS, and she said, no you wouldn't, you would have done what I did" but I must honestly say I think I would not have. But next time I will try to be that nice, because it really made me feel nice about human kindness and decency.


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Mar. 9th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
Ugh just got massively spoiled for SPN from the front page of LJ.

Yeah, it happened to me on Facebook this afternoon, probably the same (casting?) spoiler. Of course, I kind of expect it from FB. I'm a bit surprised about LJ.

That really is a wonderful story. I don't know if I would do that, but I can imagine some of my neighbors who would; it's nice to hear about kindness on the other side of the world from me, too, though. :)
Mar. 9th, 2012 03:04 am (UTC)
What an absolutely heartwarming story!

I am not sure I would have done what she did either. But I'd like to think I will now think about it next time.

Mar. 9th, 2012 04:36 am (UTC)
What are the po-po in NZ generally like, I am curious.

My buddy hiked all over NZ and he said time after time he came across people who would just take him home and feed him! So cool. NZ-ers seem the friendly sort. Your friend Jan is the best!
Mar. 9th, 2012 07:54 am (UTC)
Wow, that is one nice lady. I would've been angry.
Mar. 9th, 2012 09:46 am (UTC)
What a lovely story - and to be honest, I could see that happening in Ireland too, but not in many other places! Sadly I wouldn't have done what you friend did, I'd probably have been too cross about them trashing my car and putting my dog in danger.

This spoiler thing has got me nervous now! One of my FB friends was complaining about being spoiled yesterday but I haven't seen anything yet... Now I don't want to go onto FB or anywhere! LOL

Sorry to hear you have been feeling down, hope you are coming through that. ♥
Mar. 9th, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
Wow. What an amazingly nice thing to do. The absolute best kind of human, goodness.
Mar. 10th, 2012 08:28 am (UTC)
Your friend is a good person. And I'm sorry you've been sad.
Mar. 10th, 2012 06:15 pm (UTC)
That might just be the nicest thing I've ever heard. Glad the dog wasn't too stressed out!

I am sure I would be far more sweary and cranky in that situation.

It reminds me of a lost-tourist anecdote I heard last year - someone was asked for directions to a street in a local suburb where the tourists had booked their accommodation for the week/end, and they weren't sure, so looked it up online. Turned out the poor couple had managed to book a motel in the right suburb, different *country*, so this random person who'd given them directions put them up in her spare room for the duration. Sweet, huh :).

Nice people doing nice things makes one feel... nice. What a way to take something crappy and turn it into something good. Your friend is pretty impressive!
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