Being a bus driver is a hard job. Someone is always upset if you’re late. And if you’re early, that upsets them, too.
Some days it seems like you just can’t win.
Then there are morning runs like the one a kindhearted public bus driver in Northern England had that had all of his passengers applauding.
Most even told him they didn’t care if they were going to be late; that’s just how much they appreciated this man’s chivalry.
The public bus on the number 16 route in Leeds, England was running on time that morning when everyone got on board.
It was full of people waiting anxiously to reach their destinations, as is often the case.
Then, somewhat abruptly, the driver made an unscheduled stop. He opened the door and passengers heard him asking someone on the sidewalk if they were okay.
They assumed the answer was negative when the driver immediately got up and left the bus. Passengers looked out the window and saw the driver consoling a young girl.
Lynsey Jayes was a passenger on that bus and at first she was a bit peeved that the driver had stopped. Like everyone else on the bus, she had a schedule to keep.
She peered out the window and watched as the bus driver gestured for the girl to sit back down while he got back on the bus.
Then the driver told his passengers there was going to be a brief delay; he pulled out his cell phone and Jayes heard him making a phone call.
He told the person on the other end that there was a young girl who had gone to the wrong bus stop, and now was afraid she was going to be late for her first day of high school.
As it turned out, the person on the other end of the call was a taxi driver. Yes, the kindly bus driver had arranged for a cab to come and pick up the girl and deliver her to her new school.
But this good-hearted samaritan wasn’t done.
As soon as he knew the taxi was on its way, he got back off the bus and escorted the little girl to a nearby grocery store to wait.
On top of it all, after making all the arrangements and making sure she was somewhere safe, the driver then gave her money for the cab fare out of his own pocket.
When he got back on the bus he was afraid all his passengers were going to be ready to riot. But, they surprised him.
Everyone, including Jayes, told him that this was something they didn’t mind running late for. They arrived at the next stop about 10 minutes late, but everyone on the bus was still smiling.
Jayes wrote about the bus driver’s deeds on Facebook.
“This bus driver on the number 16 this morning deserves a huge pat on the back… a young girl waiting for the bus at the wrong side of the road and was upset she would be late for her first day at high school…
The driver not only phoned her a taxi, he walked her to Tesco and he paid for it… now that is a reason I don’t mind my bus running late for.“
She had taken a photo of the driver and posted it to her page as well, hoping someone could identify the Good Samaritan. So far, no one has come forward.
But whoever he was, he made a big difference in a lot of people’s lives that morning.
The comments to her post proved that people do notice when you do good things, and that they too believe karma takes care of those who take care of others.
“It was just lovely to see, it certainly made everyone on the bus smile and he certainly brightened up a very wet and miserable morning,” Jayes, 33, later told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
A spokesperson for First Bus told the BBC they were “delighted” with their driver, who had shown “exceptional customer awareness and consideration for this young girl, who was clearly very upset.”
“First West Yorkshire is grateful to Lynsey Jayes for highlighting our driver’s actions and to the many customers and other members of the public for their kind comments,” the spokesperson said.
We are grateful to both of them, too. We bet that his actions made a huge impact on that young girl, and we know for sure it impacted the passengers on his bus.
It’s nice to see proof that there are still good people out there, isn’t it?
It’s even more uplifting to know that other good people will take notice of such deeds. Even when, or maybe especially when, the Good Samaritan thinks no one is watching.