Here at Park Ridge News we endeavour to share uplifting stories with the community. That is why we were delighted when a new Chambers Flat resident, who wishes to remain unnamed, called last month to describe a moving experience she had at a local service station.
‘What happened was, I went into the petrol station up at Park Ridge, near the Woolworths. There was a young man, he would have been in his early twenties ahead of me. I wandered over to another part of the shop, and he went out very quickly.’
When she walked up to the counter to pay, she found that the young man had paid for her petrol.
‘Before I even got to it, the lady there, she said, “you’ve got nothing to pay. That young man has paid for your petrol.”’
‘She said it wasn’t a mistake. He said to her, “I’ll pay for my own and I’ll pay for that ladies.”’
After going outside, she found a young man leaving in a 4WD with whom she assumed was his father.
‘I nearly cried! It was just so wonderful.’
The resident, who recently relocated to Chambers Flat to be closer to family, is moved by the friendliness in the community.
‘In talking to other people about it, it’s happened to them in different ways. Different people have said that they’ve had their coffee paid for them. And I thought, how wonderful in this time when it’s not easy for anybody.’
‘Everybody’s lovely, if you smile, they smile back, and I think that makes a big difference. I’m just so thrilled to pass it on and let people know that there’s some pretty nice people out there, especially young people.’
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