The Night Fungirl's Attitude Was Adjusted...

Did anyone else see the story about the Oregon man that stood at a gas station all day to buy the patrons that came in a fill up of gas?  He was walking up to people as they were pumping gas and buying their fill ups. When he was asked why he was doing it he explained he had received an inheritance and wanted to do something special with it for all people.   All the man asked was that the persons receiving gas do something nice within their budget for someone else.  I wonder how many of those people will do that?


I can tell you a good Samaritan did something like this for me a long time ago.  I was fresh out of college and broke down in a desolate area.  It was cold and rainy and I had no heat to overcome it.  I had stupidly attempted to find a home or business where I could make a phone call (this was before cell phones were available readily) but was unsuccessfully and returned to my car.  A nice truck driver finally came along and although I was a little scared of him I noticed he had a cross hanging from his rear view mirror and this gave me a strange sense of peace.  The man got out and checked my car and determined that the gas gauge on the car was malfunctioning and that I simply was out of gas. He asked me to get in the cab of his truck and again although scared I complied. I figured if he wanted to kill me we were already in the best area for it. He gave me his blanket from his sleeping area and I wrapped up in it.   He then took me up the road several miles to the nearest exit.  There he purchased a gas can and filled it full of gas.  There was a Denny’s restaurant near the gas station so he invited me to breakfast.  We sat there and ate Grand Slams together and talked for a while as he allowed me to dry out from my walk in the rain/ice.  When we left he pulled out a thermos he had purchased evidently at the gas station and went back inside the Denny’s coming out with a thermos of hot chocolate for me.


We then made our way back to my car where he told me to sit in the cab while he put the gas in my car.  He got it started and allowed it to warm up before coming back to help me down out of the huge truck.  He instructed me to drive back to the same gas station.  He followed me back to the exit and got out to pump my gas.  He then paid to fill up my car.


I know you are all thinking this man had a motive and you are right but get your minds out of the gutter it was a pure intention.  I attempted to pay him for his kindness but he refused any payment.  All the man said to me was that he was a father and that he hoped that if his daughter was ever in this situation in the future that he would hope she would find a man similar to him to help her.  


Well I can tell you that there have been many people since then that I have helped although it caused me some delay in my life because of this angel I met.  I still don’t know his name as he refused to give it to me because he said I wasn’t supposed to be in his truck because of insurance regulations.  I was terrified of this man when he came up to me and I was almost snobbish but now I owe this man greatly for what he did for me and I will spend my life helping stranded people because of him.  


fungirlmmm fungirlmmm
46-50, F
88 Responses Oct 11, 2008

Thanks slightly.

It's so great to read a story about a good samaritan when these days they can be pretty rare.

O what a lovely, lovely story! THANK YOU for sharing it!

Thanks JTH.

Fungirl that was a great story. I can say I have done the same thing for people stranded as I have been there myself. It would be hard to pass someone up when you know you can and need to help them.

Those who look the "mangiest" can be angels in disguise. <br />
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I got a tank of bad gas one time while travelling and my van died on me. The mechanic that diagnosed and fixed the problem would not charge me for anything but the new fuel filter which was only about five dollars. This kind of experience helps to restore your faith in humanity.

If life was like that it would be a nice place to live.They sould make the news to show good deeds only. My life was so fun when i was growing up my parents aiways said you be home by the time the street lights are on. Now i cant let my grankids out of my sight. You are the same always have a cheerful careing way. Steve

Thanks y'all.

he was what us <br /><br />
drivers refer to as a highway angel , <br /><br />
and is a sadness <br /><br />
there arent many <br /><br />
left ,, he is <br /><br />
definately from the old school : ).. i <br /><br />
thank you for not <br /><br />
letting the <br /><br />
kindness stop with <br /><br />
you : )...


A very inspirational and wonderful story and written beautifully written.........straight from the heart. Thank you. I too have daughters and pray should they ever be stranded they too meet a dad with Angel wings. Praise God!!

It is very real though. thank you for reading.

This is so real from it's words. It's like I'm watching a movie. . . or reading out from a teen's book.

Thanks eyo. **hugs**. It is so much of a blessing.

I do some things like that. just the other day I bought this man's gas that I saw counting change apparently to buy gas. When I went in to the store I just told the lady to tell him that an anonymous person had wanted the next person on pump x to get free gas and I paid with cash so it couldn't be traced. I was still pumping my gas when he came back out and he was smiling. I heard him tell his wife their good fortune and that now they could go see someone (didn't understand who.) They both left the station with big smiles on their faces and I felt so good the rest of the day. I was lucky that I had someone share with me so i was able to pass that on to them. I have so many angels in my life.

Glad you were able to have this done for you. I hope that you are able to pay it forward as this man obviously tried to do. I have several times paid for vehicles behind me at drive thrus or bought a gift card at the grocery store and handed it to the person behind me with similar instructions. It is fun to see their faces when they realize what has been done.

I think you should.

wonderful story. i have some .simular stories. What an awesome man to help out so much.<br />
maybe i will write about my experience, i had forgotten about it. great story.


Awwww thanks MB.

Awwww thanks MB.

Here is my story...<br />
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I give flowers to strangers!<br />
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Sooo true. Your story brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

This made me feel all good inside, because while it IS a bit of a SHAME we have to be scared and leary of everyone anymore, on the WHOLE there really ARE great peepz in the world. I have been helped more times than i could tell you and its a nature glove from the way i was raised to just help others.<br />
A few weeks ago a young girl approached me, smiling broadly. My kids said she had been studying me...checking me out as if she knew me but not quite placing me<br />
When she darted forward , tears welled up in her eyes<br />
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"You might not remember --- but I KNOW for sure now its you because your smile, the shape and color of your eyes .<br />
She went on to explain how hard up her Momma had been after losing their dad to cancer , and she went on to ask me about my"Australian dad".....I knew then that i was who she thought i was, (i had been engaged to an older British gent..)<br />
She went on to explain: That day you saw me and my sister and momma and you slipped money and a hotel pass into my moms hand and put a tray of food down for us, quiet, to not make a scene. That Mom had told us her plans. We were all going to just go to sleep together so we could be with my Dad"<br />
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By then i was she told me the rest of the story. She said "just caring changed our lives that day. mom got a good job, good home, remarried about 3 years later and Im a nurse, my sister is almost a phychologist....<br />
ANYHOW...What im sayin is: Thanx for posting this story , even though you posted it a couple years ago, Its a great reminder that we JUST never know whose life we might effect by a small miniscule tiny deed or act or impulse of kindess. So if you feel a twinge to help someone, most likely you should act on it. Discreetly as you just never knows whose life you might touch! <br />
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Thanx, Fungrll!

I don't know why, but this story appeared on the opening page when I first opened EP today. It was a very good reminder of why we do things for others, not because we want to get paid back, but rather because we are usually paying back the kindness of others. That we are often dependent upon others that we do not know or wouldn't have gone out of our way to meet if the circumstances were different. Aren't you glad others stop sometimes when they don't have to. <br />
REMEMBER: The best gifts to give and get are usually free, except for the time it takes to give them. And a smile is sometimes the best gift of all.

Thanks Eyeno.

That is so beautiful, I got tears in my eyes near the end. What a sweetheart.

It is an inspiring story! I really liked the way he mentioned to you about his daughter. I am sure his whole family will greatly benefit from the gifts of god for the Punya he has earned in the God's account books! <br />
But, again next time you drive into woods, please make sure your fuel gauge is working and you have enough gas.

Nice :) It's Been A LONG Time Since I Heard A Story Like That... It Might Inspire People To Help People In Need, I Know It Did To Me :D

Thanks for your comments.

I love this story!! Thank you for sharing!! Everyone will second guess zooming past cars that are broken down now or atleast I hope they will =)

True... so true cowboy!

I do that as well. I love giving things to others. It feels so good.

Nice story. I hope those who read it take it to heart and do something simular. I was helped at Christmas time once and since then I have tried to help others that time of yr. I bought gifts for a family of 2 children one yr, haven't been able to do that again but I do pick an angel off of the angel tree and try to help as much as I can.

Nice story. I hope those who read it take it to heart and do something simular. I was helped at Christmas time once and since then I have tried to help others that time of yr. I bought gifts for a family of 2 children one yr, haven't been able to do that again but I do pick an angel off of the angel tree and try to help as much as I can.

Nice story. I hope those who read it take it to heart and do something simular. I was helped at Christmas time once and since then I have tried to help others that time of yr. I bought gifts for a family of 2 children one yr, haven't been able to do that again but I do pick an angel off of the angel tree and try to help as much as I can.

Thanks y'all!

Awwww.....Fungirl..... That has got to be one of the most touching things I have read here on EP. It's with tears in my eyes that I confess I NEEDED that tonight. See, that gentleman's good deed is STILL helping others! Moments ago I was writing in my journal, it was 16 years ago today my mother died suddenly, and unexpectedly. I was 36 weeks pregnant. (On November 22,1993 my Holly was born). My baby shower was suppose to be the following evening. It, ofcourse, was post-poned. A week later I had a very scaled-down baby shower. The first gift was wrapped so beautifully. There was no card on the outside of the box. There was one inside. It was from my mother! She had shopped during her lunch hour on the 21st (the morning of Oct 22nd she failed to show up at work). The gift was discovered in the trunk of her car. My daughter had a gift from her grandmother after all!. I am ashamed to say I have been a bit "down" this evening. Thinking how I wish my mother and daughter could have known each other. How different things may have been had she been here the last 16 years. Shame on me! So many people rallied to my side when that happened! SO many people! Some I barely knew. Numerous kind and generous acts just flowed like rivers of comfort. Oh, how could I have forgotten the rainbows that followed that stormy night? Thank you for this timeless lesson and the much needed "shame-on-you" that I needed to hear. I am sure you wondered "was that an angel?" for quite some time. It was.

That was a wonderful story fungirgmmm. There are many examples all around us of this kind of behavior, the problem is that we have been conditioned on fear, indifference and division. Most people in the world desire to live in a world of love and compassion not war and hate and that is the world that is evolving because that is the trajectory of the Human Story. You and others may find the info contained here, ( interesting. The history explored there increases our understanding of the roots of fear and division found here in our society. My faith in Humanity has never been broken. My faith in powerful men (and women) has never been strong.

We need more people like you and him in this world.

Thank you for reading it.

That is absolutely heart warming : ) thank you for sharing!

I dial 911 often or call my guy friend if I know he is in the area.

I think that years ago, people were kinder. I would be leary of helping folks today. I would rather dial 911 for them

Awe thanks.

That has renewed my faith in humanity.

Thanks y'all

A very inspiring story! I know this kindness is in allof us to be shared.

I subscribe to the notion that we get back what we put into the world, including the thoughts we put out. So it sounds like what's coming around to you is a helping hand, MontiPora. You might want to change the thought about getting mugged, though.<br />
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At least, that's the way I see it.

You should send this to readers digest. I am sure they could print it for you. <br />
I have played the truckers roll on many occasions. There was the lonely indian hitching back to his home on the reserve, and the married woman who needed some woodworking done, and the newly divorced woman with two kids that needed first and last months rent...and I will probably get mugged one day by one of the hitch-hikers I pick up.<br />
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But all that doesn't matter. We are the world and we are all ONE.

My wife hitchhiked all over western Europe, into Africa and back again. She then came to the U.S. and hitchhiked across the US up to Alaska and back again. She has several stories like yours. My point is that it is not so rare that people are kind and generous, and that is a good thing…DD

If you fill your own cup, you almost can't help but share, because your cup will be overflowing.<br />
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How do we fill our cups? By counting our blessings and practicing gratitude, taking good care of ourselves and taking responsibility for getting our needs met, and by realizing that we are all connected. <br />
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When we do something good for ourselves, it is good for the whole, and when we do something good for others, it is good for us, as well. <br />
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Conversely, if we hurt or ignore ourselves, it diminishes the whole. If we hurt or ignore others, it diminishes us. We can't touch another without being touched. And we can't impact another without being impacted.

thanks flour.

this is a wonderful story and he was a wonderful man!

agreed cc.

There definitely ARE angels among us. May we honor every opportunity we have to be angels for one another.

Thanks sweetie!

Thatr is so true OJ!

Why is it you hear the really inspirational stories like this on the news <br />
i have always tried to make it an imperative of mine to do a "good dead a day" & insist that i need not be payed back, but that the deed be paid forward, we can only change the world one good deed at a time

so do i.

I hope I live to see that someday PT.

A many of times i have done what this man has done and not because i want something in return. What fungirl stated that this man did it because he had a daughter and that at some point she was in the same situation there would be someone to help her. That is exactly how i feel, my daughter is away incollege many miles away from me. And when i do stop to help others those are my only thoughts, that if she ever runs into a problem sismilar to others that there will be someone to help her.<br />
Not many people will stop and help others anymore. It is a thing of the past. Someday things might change where we go back and treat everyone like if they were our own.<br />
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maybe someday.

I feel love everyday of my life. even the darkest of days.

Things like this let us know there is truly love in the universe.

That man was my angel and I wholeheartedly believe the angels walk among us. Some of those angels share EP with us everyday just waiting to comfort those of us in need.

Thanks Cue.

Great story FG...............................restores some faith in mankind. Glad he saved you........................

Thanks for your comments.

Its inspiring.

You're welcome. Hope it causes many to pass on good to others.

Thanks for sharing this!

I agree that sometimes people take advantage of the weak and needy but if I don't take the chance I never would have met my angel. I also would never have met my best friend had their not been a similar story to this one. I am cautious but I do put my heaet out there.

This story has restored my faith in America. There are still people who would go beyond the call of duty to help others in need or distress. However, do not let your guards down to quickly, there are perverted, evil people whose only vested interest is to create a false environment of friendliness, only to be able to seize the opportunity to exploit the weak and needy.

I really enjoyed that story of Angels in the working, it's beautiful. When you think that you have come to your last chance, something amazing happens with a sense of trust and knowing within. 

thank you for sharing your experience. it gives me hope.

What a beautiful story.I have a big heart and that story brought tears to my eyes.I have helped people in the past and will in the future and want nothing in return.I am a leo and that's what leo's do i guess.

What a beautiful story.I have a big heart and that story brought tears to my eyes.I have helped people in the past and will in the future and want nothing in return.I am a leo and that's what leo's do i guess.

What a wonderful story. I enjoyed reading this so much. Thank you for printing it

that's an awesome story. it's a shame more people don't take the time to do the same.

Lovely story, wonderful man. Even more wonderful because it impacted your life for the better. It is amazing how acts like these, on a cold night, in the middle of no-where, can change your life forever. Take care.

That is so refreshing to hear there are people out there who still do acts of kindness! I can see where you must of been scared to death at first but I am glad he was a good man and did that for you.

Thanks y'all. I look forward to your story.

The bible teaches that we should always be hospitable to every person we meet because we might be harboring an angel. Although in these times it can be dangerous to be hospitable to just anybody I follow what my heart tells me. I do not help others because I'll need their help later on, I help because I've been helped a lot in the past.

Thank you I'm gonna cry again now :)

I cant wait for your story TF... I love stories like this one,. I seriously looked for the man for many years but all I had was the picture of the truck's logo in my head and his beautiful eyes in my mind. I never found him although I tried hard. For a long while I thought he was an angel.<br />
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DB I am glad you liked the story but I hope you don't cry too long. You are such a special tender hearted person... I love that about you.

God bless such souls!! It is so difficult to find sincere people. I have a small story too. Will share it soon. I loved your story. Thanks for sharing!!

Aww, teared up reading this. Wow it's good to know that there are people out there like that, it makes it a little easier to be optimistic in such a cruel world. Thank you for sharing, I'm gonna cry now. :)