Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Does Random Kindness Still Exist?
In the 80's I used to travel a lot by shared taxi, dolmuş; not the minibuses you see today but Willys jeeps, mostly ex-US army from the 50s and 60s. It was a bumpy and drafty ride and a bit of a struggle to get in and out of the back. I frequently used to ride in a jeep that didn't have a working hand-brake so the clutch control of the driver was crucial if you wanted to get out alive on a hill. Yes, you guessed it, I lived on a slope, so I always got out way before my house. One day I arrived home to find that I'd left my bag in the jeep, along with about £250 cash and travelers cheques (remember them). None of the money was mine, it was all excursion money from my holiday clients. I was getting into full swing panic mode when there was a knock at the door and I tearfully opened it to the beaming dolmuş driver holding out my bag, all money intact. As I'd always got out early, he must have driven around asking until he found the right house.
Now I'm back in Bodrum, I doubted whether this generosity of spirit still existed, having read so many horror stories on the ex-pat forums. But only a few days after we arrived, I was on a dolmuş to Milas to collect our new car when the driver stopped to pick up a woman in her late 50s. She told him she was on her way to collect her pension so had no money. Would he still take her to Milas? Of course he would. A small event but it gave me hope that human kindness still ruled here. I've had this post on the back burner for a couple of months as I felt that this one action didn't prove much, then yesterday I read my fellow blogger Ayak's post about her recent experience of a kind dolmus driver and decided this is the day to press the publish button.
Thanks to Ayak for the link.