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In amongst all the tales of bitterness and poo, we occasionally get fluffy stories that bring a small tear to our internet-jaded eyes.

In celebration of this, what is the nicest thing someone's done for you? Whether you thoroughly deserved it or it came out of the blue, tell us of heartwarming, selfless acts by others.

Failing that, what nice things have you done for other people, whether they liked it or not?

(, Thu 2 Oct 2008, 16:14)
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My nan
Died nearly 2 years ago, about a month after I'd started uni. During the run up to this she'd been getting very confused and very distressed and anxious about things that don't really matter, as I'm sure you'll all know old people can do. So there are a couple of stories I'd like to tell all you lovely people about some lovely people who helped her.

Story #1: She'd gone down the road to the shop to buy some milk and could have sworn she'd put the right amount of change in her pocket, but when she came to the checkout she didn't have enough. Now to any of us this wouldn't be a problem, but to her it was very distressing and embarrassing, and she got very flustered. However a very nice gentleman in the queue behind her paid for it. So thank you nice gentleman, it was only a few pence to you but it made the world of difference to my nan.

Story #2: They had closed the post office in my nan's village so she couldn't withdraw her pension any more and chip and pin was just becoming compulsory. However to someone like my nan, who couldn't remember who'd visited her that day or even what time of day it was, remembering a pin number would have been impossible. So thank you nice lady in the bank who helped when mum took nan in and asked for a special needs card where you could still sign for things - you were very nice about it and could see the problem immediately, and again a small thing for you made the world of difference to my nan.

Story #3: About a year before my nan died two men had moved in next door. It was quite obvious they were a gay couple but they were discreet and my nan never mentioned it. They had a rabbit and my nan loved animals, but hadn't been able to look after any since her dog died a few years before. She'd spend hours leaning over the fence talking to this rabbit, bless her! This couple also kept an eye on my nan as she was getting more confused and when she had the stroke that finally put her in hospital they were the ones that realised something was wrong, forced the door and called an ambulance. She eventually died of pneumonia a month later and they came to the funeral, even though they didn't really know her and really didn't have to. It meant more than they'll ever know to my family.
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 15:02, 8 replies)
Jesus Christ Almight
that is one of the nicest things I've read in this QOTW!
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 15:15, closed)
Hooray for
gay couples who help out old ladies in need
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 15:29, closed)
I always bring up this story
if anyone ever bashes gay couples (not literally!), cos after all, how many heterosexual couples would have done that?!
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 16:11, closed)
That's amazing.
I think I have something in my eye right now...
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 15:40, closed)
if only the people who live near/next to my gran were as nice.

She is going the same way as you described yours, she's 85 next month, had a stroke, ahip replacement after a bad fall - and not one of the neighbours seem to notice/care, despite having lived their for years. All the people nearby her have done is kill two different cats in cruel and violent ways. Luckily, all her children (except my father) live nearby, my uncle is only 2 minutes away.
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 16:03, closed)
W00t to gay couple neighbours
My mate's neighbours were a gay couple who not only knew all about decorating, one worked at Focus and got them whatever they wanted at discount.

Have a click.
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 16:47, closed)
brought a tear to my eye. My gran is the same, and it would be so easy for people to just disregard her. But its so lovely to read about people who will just do the little things that really matter.
(, Sat 4 Oct 2008, 18:49, closed)
I Don't Like Old People
Because I'm an arse, but your nan sounded nice. Good that people helped her out.
(, Sun 5 Oct 2008, 3:56, closed)

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