An Act of Kindness to a Little Kid!
One afternoon on my way to pick up my Toyota car that I brought in for service earlier during that day, I took the TTC bus instead of the Toyota service car that was supposed to pick me up at home. I went to the shopping mall so I cancelled the free service car pick up. Now, I know why I had to do that because I was meant to help some little kid on his way home from school. I believed in “Angels” and sometimes people act as Angels to help anyone in need.
I just boarded a TTC bus that was almost full to capacity, I paid my fare by a TTC token dropped in the Exact Fare Box so I was standing behind the driver to get a ride in that bus. While standing there, I was witness to a very weird action by the driver of being so inconsiderate to a small kid. A kid probably 8 or more years old just got into the bus and drop some coins in the fare box as his fare. The Bus Driver noticed that he didn’t have the exact fare for students/child’s fare because he was missing ten cents.
He screamed at the small boy to drop a dime or he will throw him out of the bus. The little boy said to the bus driver that he lost the dime his mom gave him that’s why he was short a dime. Then the bus driver told him to get out of the bus and the boy turned around to get off the bus before the driver throws him out. Even before the boy could leave, I took a dime in my coat pocket and told the driver that I am going to pay for his missing dime and for his exact fare so I called the boy back and told him not to get off the bus, so he just stood there waiting what will happen next.
The bus driver was being so unreasonable and still wants to get the boy to leave the bus. But I interrupted and told him, what for when I have already given him a dime to complete his exact fare. The bus driver said it’s not his money. But I insisted that I was giving him the dime to pay his exact fare. Everyone in the bus wants to go on and move along because we’ve been there for almost 5 minutes already discussing over a dime’s worth of fare. And the horrendous bus driver said to the passengers that he won’t move unless the little boy gets off the bus.
Now, I was already running out of patience so I confronted the Bus Driver and told him that if he throws the boy out of the bus when I already paid for his exact fare then he is being unreasonable and unfair. He keeps insisting, it’s not his money. I said to him who cares if it’s not his money and that I paid for him to get an exact fare so let’s move on. He won’t budge so then I did the unthinkable. I told him to give me his Employee Number, his Supervisor’s Name and his Bus Route Number so that I can call and report him to his supervisor and get permission to move the bus now.
He won’t give me names and he won’t budge or move the bus. So I gave him an ultimatum, once and for all, either he moves on with the kid inside that bus or else I will call the TTC Manager or better yet call the TTC Commissioner myself and have him reprimanded or disciplined. And said to him that I meant every word I’ve said and it’s just a fair warning. I must have scared him because he started moving the bus but he was grumbling so much all along.
The little boy was already crying and too scared to face the driver and scared also of being thrown out of the bus. I assured the boy that no one will do that as long as I was with him in the bus and the passengers were so appreciative that I helped the little boy. (This incident happened years ago and he must be a young man by now. Being an “Angel” I was glad to be there to help him.)
On the next third stop the boy got off and his mom was waiting for him at the bus stop. He turned around before leaving the bus and said thanks to me. I told him, “You are quite welcome” and said to him to go now, that his mom is waiting. He jumped off the bus feeling so relieved and happy. I waved goodbye and just gave the bus driver a very disapproving look and me shaking my head obviously. What a nuisance that monstrous driver was and he didn’t like what I did there in that bus defying his orders while showing a little act of kindness to the little boy.
Before I left that bus, I told the driver that he better not act so unreasonable next time or he will meet his match and guess he was so annoyed by me. If he thinks that he can get away and throw an innocent kid off the bus, I’d say that he better think again because someone like me will be there to defy him and reason out with him to at least show some compassion. If he forcibly threw out that small kid, I would have gotten off the bus, too and take the kid on the next bus to his destination, then pay for his exact fare myself. But luckily it didn’t go that far.
I don’t understand why some people can be so callous and heartless. And sometimes you have to bend the rules as long as it’s not against the law then it’s okay with me. Be kind to your fellowmen and someday they will show kindness one way or another. Remember the Golden Rule, “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.”
I was late picking up my car at the service center but when I told them about my bus encounter they were all amazed at what I told them and what I did to warn the bus driver. Helping others and being a Good Samaritan makes one feel great! Showing a little act of kindness made my day and all it cost me was a measly dime! And of course, with strong reasoning power and conviction to make things right at all costs. “Vive le Canada!” (Long live Canada!)