A Londoner has shared exactly what a small act of kindness meant to him after claiming a stranger found and returned his lost phone which contained some irreplaceable photos of his wife and late friend. He was so moved by the selfless act that he took to Reddit to share his thoughts.
The father from Bermondsey, who posted anonymously, said he had been out working in East London near Aldgate when he realized his phone was no longer with him, leaving him absolutely devastated. Little did he know he would get quite the shock later that day.
He started the story, titled “thank you stranger”, began: “This happened on Tuesday a few days ago. So I work as a security guard near Aldgate East station. I just got off my 13 hour shift and walked across the street to where the building was on fire last last week, to withdraw some cash.
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“While walking up to the cash machine, I tried to phone my wife but she was busy with the baby so did not answer. I started crossing the street and checked my pockets and my phone was gone. I could not believe it. It could not or even been two mins since I made the call to my wife.
“I kept thinking I must of dropped it. But it was not possible. My phone was swiped while at the cash point. I frantically paced up and down Aldgate East Tesco hoping it fell and was kicked across the floor, or maybe people would leave it. I work in security and know better. “
As he began to resign himself to the phone being lost he was hit with a wave of realization of all the things that would be lost with it. “I started heading towards tower bridge and found my phone case in the middle of the road. I accepted my phone was stolen and just kept thinking about my wife’s pregnancy journey and all my baby photos. I felt like sh **.
“I ended up walking to Bermondsey thinking how I would need to cancel everything (phone, online banking, passwords). And how much more broke I will be after buying a new phone.”
But he was in for quite the shock when he got back: “Two hours later I finally get home. I opened the door and my wife had a murderous look in her eyes. She told me someone had found my phone near Liverpool st station and was happy to return it. I did not go anywhere near Liverpool st station. So I’m confused how it ended up there.
“I ended up meeting, the stranger the next day. I literally could not afford to thank him … All I could afford was a box of £ 4 Lindt chocolates. I told him he was mad for returning my phone. I wasn ‘ t emotionally ready for that kind of kindness and I’m still not over it. “
Whilst only a small act of kindness, this stranger’s actions meant so much to the poster. He revealed his friend had recently passed away and he had two irreplaceable photos on the device of him that he would have never been able to get back.
“My wife is now on my case like a hawk. But the weather is amazing today and I feel so good. If your reading this stranger thank you a million times over.”
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