The lengths to which people will go out of their way to help each other can sometimes be pretty surprising. Despite the fact that the other person might be a stranger, the compulsion to help or give whatever relief possible can be too strong to ignore.
One couple from Florida discovered this first-hand. They were taking an extended vacation in Tennessee to avoid the devastation of Hurricane Irma when their car suddenly broke down. Stranded in a different state, they reached out for help to a person next to them. But when the good Samaritan agreed to help them, his generosity both shocked and touched them.
One couple decided the best way to flee Hurricane Irma was by extending their vacation — but it did not go exactly as planned.
Before Hurricane Irma tore across Florida a week and a half ago, many people were trying a variety of different things to avoid the worst of the storm. Some people were fleeing, and some were battening down the hatches hoping to wait out the storm, one way or another. One couple from Brandon, FL, decided to avoid the hurricane by extending their vacation.
The husband and wife were visiting Pigeon Forge, TN, but as they were pulling into a local restaurant for lunch they had a problem with their car.
“As we were headed to lunch at The Old Mill restaurant, all the lights in our dash came on, from airbags to tire pressure,” the couple said according to Love What Matters. “After we shut the car off, it wouldn’t turn on again.”
They were stuck in The Old Mill restaurant’s parking lot — so they decided to ask a nearby person for help.
Luckily, the couple was in the parking lot of the restaurant, but until their car was repaired they were going to be stranded.
Unsure of what to do, they reached out to the man in the car next to them to give them a jump. With some extra power, they would at least be able to get to a mechanic.
He agreed, and while the husband sat outside the busy restaurant to chat, his wife went inside to reserve a table.
As they got to chatting, the husband told the good Samaritan that they were from Florida. And the man, named Mo Tamaddoni, moved by their plight, revealed he was the manager of the restaurant and would get them seated quickly.
The beleaguered and hungry couple thanked Tamaddoni. But Tamaddoni’s influence apparently did not end there; not only were they seated fast, their lunch came out quicker than they expected, too.
They were able to sit and eat quickly, thanks to Tamaddoni. But he was not finished surprising them yet — and his next move blew the Floridian couple away.
Once they were finished eating, they were given another surprise.
“Our waitress put an envelope on our table and said it was from the manager, and that our meals were on the house,” the couple said according to Love What Matters.
But it gets even better: inside the envelope was a letter, $200, and free meal vouchers to eat at the restaurant.
The letter read:
‘You are probably here to escape the Hurricane Irma. My brother lives in Tallahassee, Fl. I am saddened to see such devastation in this beautiful state. I hope everything will turn out ok for you guys. Enclosed please accept my gift to you in case you need to buy a battery for your car. Also I am enclosing a meal ticket so you can come back to eat here. Good luck and Thanks for visiting my restaurant
Mo Tamaddoni, General Manager.
The couple, needless to say, was touched and surprised by Tamaddoni’s generosity.
“There are still good people out there!” The woman said according to Love What Matters. “I promise I will pay it forward! This man is a God send.”
Sometimes all it takes is one act to make your day that much better. We hope that the couple was not too badly affected by the devastating hurricane, and we are thankful that Tamaddoni was able to be there for them when they needed help.