What would you do if someone hurled vulgarities at you for an act that was actually their fault? Some people might confront the person, but for one Canadian man, he decided to show an act of kindness instead.
In March 2016, Peter Karanfilis was driving when a motorist cut him off. Not only did the driver overtake him, he also flipped Karanfilis off and shouted swear words.
“This surprised me because I was unaware WHY he did this,” Karanfilis wrote, sharing his confusion on his Facebook page. “My thoughts are because he didn’t use his turn signal, so it was unexpected…”
Karanfilis, a personal trainer, wanted to give the driver a piece of his mind and followed him into a Starbucks.
“I thought, here’s my chance to tell him what I think of his poor manners and disrespect,” Karanfilis wrote.
However, when he entered the store, the man was nowhere to be found.
Since Karanfilis was already in the store, he decided to buy himself a cup of coffee. That’s when the man reappeared, having come out of the restroom.
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And nothing could prepare the man for what Karanfilis was going to say next.
“I turned around to tell him that it’s his lucky day! ‘What could I buy you? My treat!’” Karanfilis recounted.
Needless to say, the man was speechless.
“Really?” the man asked him.
Once Karanfilis bought the man a drink, he introduced himself as the driver who he “flipped off” moments ago while on the road.
The man quickly apologized and said that he was “just super stressed.”
After chatting a while, Karanfilis and the man realized that the man’s turn signal was not working. Through this incident, Karanfilis wants to remind everyone to make peace with others.
“Because we tend to celebrate people getting revenge, or ‘getting what they deserve,’” he wrote. “My question is, when does it end? When does the fighting and anger stop? It’s only when PEACE makes its way in and overcomes.
“Remember, everyone may be going through something that you know nothing about,” he added.