Good Samaritan

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Concerned Train Rider Calls In Suspicious Boxes. Then, This

The 6-foot-tall boxes at a New York station weren't so dangerous after all

(Newser) - A good Samaritan caused quite a stir Monday by reporting suspicious boxes that turned out to contain machinery used to report suspicious boxes, Fox News reports. The train rider noticed them at New Rochelle station in New York state—about 25 miles from New York City—and used a new... More »

She Spent Night in Submerged Car Before Help Arrived

Witnesses rescue elderly woman from vehicle in Florida

(Newser) - An elderly woman was trapped overnight in her car, submerged in a bay in Venice, Fla., before two rescuers arrived by chance. Rob Goodman tells CNN he was kayaking at Higel Marine Park just before sunrise Thursday when he saw the top of a white vehicle in the water. Then,... More »

He Lost His Wallet. Then He Noticed His Bank Account

A stranger got creative and made 4 separate penny deposits to contact him

(Newser) - When Tim Cameron lost his wallet on the way home from work on Monday, the London resident assumed it was gone for good, particularly as it contained little identifying information. Then he looked at his bank account. Enter an ingenious Good Samaritan by the name of Simon. As Mashable reports,... More »

Cashier Didn't Think Anyone Noticed His Good Deed. They Did

David Vance quietly paid for elderly man's groceries out of his own pocket after the customer's credit card kept getting declined

(Newser) - David Vance tried to pull off a subtle act of kindness for someone in financial straits last month, but someone noticed, posted about it online, and now the grocery store cashier in Northern Ireland is being hailed around the world. Vance, who works at a Lidl in Belfast, was working... More »

Police Praise Good Samaritan 'Squirrel Whisperer'

Mama squirrel sought help for her baby, and Tia Powell complied

(Newser) - Police in Virginia are praising a woman they've dubbed the "squirrel whisperer" for helping out a baby squirrel and its mother, per the AP . In a Facebook post, Pulaski police say officers received a call from a woman who told them a squirrel came up to her on... More »

He Was Handing Out Cash to Strangers, Got Fatally Shot

Good Samaritan got into verbal altercation that quickly turned physical

(Newser) - Craig Brewer was paying for strangers' meals and handing out $20 bills at a Gainesville, Florida, Waffle House when the 41-year-old good Samaritan was shot to death. The incident took place just after 3am Sunday, per the Alachua County Sheriff . Deputies had already been called to the scene before the... More »

$273M Mega Millions Winner Forgot Ticket at the Store

Luckily, a Good Samaritan turned Michael Weirsky's tickets in to store workers

(Newser) - We all know what it's like to be distracted by our cellphones. But for Michael Weirsky, that distraction nearly cost him a $163 million. That's how much the New Jersey man is about to receive in one lump sum after one of his Mega Millions tickets hit the... More »

Good Samaritan Stopped to Help, Paid Awful Price

Robert Bruno Jr. jumps over bridge to avoid oncoming cars after stopping at a crash

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan stopped to help a crashed driver in San Diego County on Wednesday, only to die when he was forced over one of America's tallest bridges. Robert Verlin Bruno Jr. had pulled over in icy and foggy conditions to assist the driver of a Ford F-150 that... More »

2 Kind Acts Bring Relief for Chicago's Homeless

An 11-year-old girl and a stranger are to thank

(Newser) - About 70 homeless people in Chicago will have a warm refuge for the rest of the week thanks to a kind stranger. The inhabitants of a tent camp at a vacant downtown lot were left without a heating source Wednesday after a propane tank exploded. Nobody was injured, but with... More »

Colin Powell Gets a Flat, and a Surprise Helper

Veteran Anthony Maggert, who lost his leg in Afghanistan, was happy to help

(Newser) - Both Anthony Maggert and Colin Powell got a bit of a surprise Wednesday—Maggert, an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, by seeing Powell stranded on the side of the road with a flat, and Powell by seeing Maggert, who lost his leg while in Afghanistan, pulling over to help him, reports... More »

Dave? Dave? Kansas City Man Gets Tickets for Being Kind

Offensive lineman Jeff Allen just had to find him

(Newser) - A random act of kindness has netted AFC Championship tickets for a man called Dave who helped dig a Kansas City Chief out of the snow, the AP reports. Offensive linesman Jeff Allen posted on Twitter that his car got stuck as he was heading to Arrowhead Stadium to take... More »

Guy Finds Chanel Purse With $10K in Cash

Richard Taverna says he never intended to keep it

(Newser) - A Manhattan man who stumbled on a purse containing $10,000 did what anyone would do ... right? Richard Taverna was waiting for the subway Thursday at the Lincoln Center-66th Street 1 train stop when he spotted a blue Chanel bag on the platform: "I picked it up to see... More »

Mom on Stranger's Kind Act: 'I Cried My Way Up the Aisle'

Good Samaritan offered her his first-class seat when he saw her with baby, oxygen tank on flight

(Newser) - To the passenger who was in seat 2D on American Airlines Flight 588 on Thursday, America applauds you. As does Kelsey Zwick, a young mom on that same flight with her 11-month-old daughter, Lucy, headed from Orlando to Philly to receive treatment for the baby's chronic lung disease. USA ... More »

Man Finds Lost Wallet, Returns It in the Best Way

Todd Brown found it on a Frontier flight, and made the contents more valuable

(Newser) - It's that most terrifying of moments: when you realize you lost your wallet, which holds your ID, a signed paycheck, your debit card, and $60. For Hunter Shamatt, that mishap has the most heartwarming of endings. The 20-year-old was en route to his sister's Vegas wedding when he... More »

She Couldn't Sleep at Night. Her Worries Saved Hiker's Life

Nancy Abell's 911 call saves German hiker on Pacific Crest Trail

(Newser) - Katharina Groene was near death—wet, dehydrated, showing signs of hypothermia, and eating a ration of one Pop-Tart per day. She was down to the last 200 miles of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail earlier this week when she pulled out her phone and recorded an apology for those... More »

Good Samaritan Exits Car, Is Immediately Killed

Curtis Adams, 21, thought he was helping a stranded motorist

(Newser) - There's no word on motive yet, just grim facts: Curtis Adams, a 21-year-old active-duty sailor pulled over after 2am Saturday to help what he perceived to be a stranded driver in Mountain View, Calif. San Diego police said the Good Samaritan was "immediately shot" upon exiting his car,... More »

Police: Mom Left Kids in Hot Car, Attacked Good Samaritan

She's been charged with battery, child desertion

(Newser) - A mother in Louisiana left her two young children locked in a hot car for around 90 minutes and then attacked one of the people who rescued them, police say. Shawnise Sherman, 22, has been charged with child desertion and battery, the New Orleans Advocate reports. Police say she left... More »

Paramedics Charged in Death of Good Samaritan

They allegedly refused to believe Yosif Al-Hasnawi had been shot

(Newser) - Two paramedics are facing charges for allegedly refusing to believe a Good Samaritan was injured as he lay dying on the street, the BBC reports. Steven Snively, 53, and Christopher Marchant, 29, arrived on the scene in Hamilton—a town about 40 miles southwest of Toronto, Canada—after local resident... More »

50 States, 2 Months, 1 Well-Used Lawn Mower

Rodney Smith Jr. wraps US tour helping those in need

(Newser) - Rodney Smith Jr. has visited all 50 US states twice, but you'll have to forgive him if he doesn't recall any as particularly distinctive. There was little time for sightseeing as Smith spent much of his time mowing lawns voluntarily. The 29-year-old founder of Raising Men Lawn Care... More »

Her Afternoon Shift at the Gas Station Turned Heroic

Savannah Pritchett reacted quickly when woman said she had been kidnapped

(Newser) - At 3pm on Wednesday, a cashier at a Waterford, Calif., gas station got an unusual request: "Lock the door, they will kill us." Savannah Pritchett tells KCRA that while working at Triple R Gas Mart a woman walked in, told her she had been kidnapped in Fresno, had... More »

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