Mon, Apr 28th, 2014

The kindness of strangers: Bus passenger who saw a man wearing plastic hairnets on his feet in Canada gave him his own socks and shoes


  • The generous man did not want to be identified because his Muslim faith teaches that acts of charity are to be done anonymously
  • The recipient of the shoes was in ‘shock’ and asked the bus driver, ‘did that just happen?’
  • The unidentified Good Samaritan later explained, ‘I was only about a two-minute walk from home, so I thought I could give him my shoes’

A bus driver in Canada had a ‘soul-touching’ moment on Saturday when he watched as one selfless passenger gave his shoes and socks to a perfect stranger whose only footwear was a couple of plastic hairnets.

Bus driver Surjit Singh Virk – a 16-year veteran driver for the Coast Mountain Bus Co. in Vancouver – was off duty and returning from the Surrey B.C.’s Vaisakhi parade when he witnessed the random act of kindness.

Singh Virk managed to snap a few photos of the exchange and shared them on social media.

‘It made my heart melt,’ he told QMI Agency, a Canadian media company. ‘He just took his shoes and socks off and said, “You can take these, don’t worry about me — I live close by and can walk.”

‘People usually don’t care or even look at other people on the bus, they didn’t even want to sit beside this guy because of how he was dressed.’

The kind-hearted man who selflessly handed over his shoes to his less-fortunate fellow passenger was reached by phone, but asked the news outlet to not identify him by name because his Islamic faith requires that charitable acts be done anonymously.

According to QMI, the man also was reluctant about allowing the use of his photo, but ultimately agreed.

‘I felt bad for the guy,’ the generous 27-year-old Surrey resident said. ‘He was wearing plastic hairnets on his feet. I was only about a two-minute walk from home, so I thought I could give him my shoes.’

The anonymous Good Samaritan was coming from a nearby mosque when he noticed the man in need.

Mufti Aasim Rashid, the spokesman for the B.C. Muslim Association – which runs the mosque where the man had been – told QMI that the selfless act would qualify as a general act of charity – a ‘sadaqa.’

Read more:

Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>