Story Line: "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching."
A few months ago, as my wife and I just buckled up and about to turn on the car, a stranger knocked on the passenger side window. I opened a quarter of the window and looked at the man. In a polite voice he informed us that our back tail light cover was cracked when the mattress he was moving hit the area. There was also a small dent on the body of the car. He told us that we could take the car to repair shop and he would pay for it. He gave his phone number and said his name was Shawn.
Now normally in cases like this one would ask more information like driver's license, insurance information, take down his license plate number, but we just didn't feel like asking anything from him. The young man's honesty and gentle demeanor amazed us; to be truthful I don't know how to describe the feeling of that encounter. Shawn owns a small business of hauling goods. If he didn't wait to tell us about the damage on our car, we would not have known it for quite sometime. But the story does not end here.
I took the car for repair shop and gave them Shawn's number to send the estimate. A few hours later the repair shop guy (Alan) called and said that he had already received a credit card authorization of $300 from Shawn. Alan made it a point to tell me that he was impressed with the way Shawn dealt with him. It so happened that it took little longer than the estimated repair time but the repair shop decided to waive the additional charges. The people there were also touched by Shawn's honesty.
And my wife and I are fortunate to have a new friend.
Through the years I have collected many stories of people, places and experiences (300+ still in backlog) that are the source of Friday Reflections for 30+ years. I specially saved Shawn's story for Thanksgiving. People like him make this world great and set examples for others.
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