Hailing a cab is not always easy, especially when you’re trying to do so in front of a crowded venue.
That’s why when Casey Spelman saw Yusef Dale struggling to find a ride, she approached him and asked if he needed help. Her random act of kindness was caught on camera and went viral.
Spelman was visiting Chicago for the first time when she met Dale.
Following the Chicago Cubs game, the streets were full of cars and people making it difficult for anyone to hail a cab, but Spelman, who is a speech-language pathologist at Indiana School for the Deaf, noticed one man, in particular, was having some difficulty.
“I just said ‘Hi, are you trying to get a cab?'” she recalled. Spelman told WXIN she then asked if Dale wanted help and he accepted.
She approached him and asked if he needed any help.
As the two stood next to each other and Spelman attempted to hail a cab in the busy street, Ryan Hamilton watched the moment unfold from a rooftop across the street.
“I’m like ‘Oh my gosh this is really cool, I’ve never seen something like this,'” Hamilton told WXIN.
Once a cab pulled up the two exchanged a hug.
Spelman said that Dale asked for a hug and was appreciative of her help, which his friends say is somewhat unlike him.
One of Dale’s good friends, Craig, was the first to alert him that his photo had gone viral and asked him what made him accept the help.
“He was like, ‘You never accept help. How did it come to be that that day you came to accept some help?'” Dale told WGN News.
The photos went viral.
Wanted to give a shout-out to this girl. No idea who she is, but we are in Wrigleyville on the rooftop of Old Crow…
Dale’s reason for letting Spelman help him?
“Not only was she kind enough to see and observe that perhaps I was having a difficulty, but she handled it well. She did precisely what people who are blind like to be offered,” Dale told WXIN. “Thank you very much for stopping and certainly the help was appreciated. She was kind. She had good energy.”