In times of emergency, who comes to our rescue is the last thing on our minds. Whether it be a herd of elephants or an 8-year-old kid, safety is all that matters. But sometimes, we are pleasantly surprised. What started out as a nightmare for this Scottish family turned into an adventure on the Hogwarts Express.
The family of six was spending a vacation camping in the Scottish Highlands. But on Friday, Jon Cluett woke up and walked out of his hut on Loch Eilt to find that their 16-foot red canoe had disappeared, probably washed away by the river.
Miles away from their car and with no other option, Cluett phoned the police. What the officer would reply was nothing short of astounding.
“The policeman said, ‘We’ve arranged for the next train passing to stop for you, and you’re not going to believe this but it’s the Hogwarts Express steam train. Your kids are going to love it,’”
Expectedly, the Cluett children did what any Potterhead would — flip out. If the Hogwarts Express is a go-to rescue vehicle along Fort William and Mallaig, GPS may no longer be a priority to casual hikers.
Random acts of kindness need not be grand to make an impact. A group of strangers might’ve rescued you and your dog from a hiking venture gone wrong. Perhaps a doctor delivered your baby in the middle of her own birth. Whatever the case, the common factor is gratitude. This stranded schoolgirl was overflowing with it when a bus driver went out of his way to help her get to class.
He promised the girl, who appeared to be about 11 or 12 years old, that she wouldn’t be late for class. He then arranged for a cab to pick her up outside a nearby grocery store, escorted her to the pick-up point and gave her around $6.50 of his own money so that she could cover the fare.
The unexpected deed caused a 10-minute delay in the bus schedule, but no one seemed to mind. In fact, passengers praised the everyday hero for his thoughtful gesture.
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.”
The news first circulated on Facebook where, to no surprise, it has gone viral.