70/366 Photos: The Good Samaritan

Yesterday we went to Grandma’s; only we never got there. Grandma lives 2 hours away, and halfway there, as Mummy pulled into a fuel station, she hit a kerb, and burst a tyre. Can you imagine how many people came to her rescue? How the good people of Essex rallied round to help her in her panic, occupying a filling point while queues of impatient drivers honked their horns angrily? That’s right, not a single one.

Luckily there was a Macdonald’s drive-through nearby so Mummy locked us in the car, with strict instructions not to move and set the alarm off, and marched into the restaurant:

“Ahem, excuse me everyone,” she boomed, with more authority than she felt. “Can anyone here change a wheel, I’ve just burst a tyre and I could really use some help. I’m on my own with two children.”

Cue lots of strong-looking young men, a few couples, and a family man all finding that now was a good moment to inspect their shoes for mud. Now, Mummy is far from being the type of girl to turn heads (although she claims she once did), and felt humiliated by having to play the useless middle-aged woman in a tizz, but truth is, she has no idea how to change a car wheel.

Well she does now, because one man – just one – left his girlfriend to mind his Big Mac, and came to our rescue. Just one, out of maybe 20 who were there. And Mummy watched carefully as he discovered where all the kit was and levered the car up. She made sure to spread our bags, buggies and scooters all over the fuel station so thatย  other drivers could see she wasn’t just a useless woman; she was a useless woman with young children (never mind that the buggy was actually destined for her 80-year-old mother to transport her elderly dog to the vet)!

So now Mummy knows what to do in a similar emergency. And it is thanks to this Good Samaritan. If this is your boyfriend, Mummy is sorry for the inconvenience; but you have a good man there:


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22 thoughts on “70/366 Photos: The Good Samaritan”

  1. Oh no! I wouldn’t have a clue how to change a tyre either. Maybe your pic should serve as a reminder for me to find out. Did you buy him a McFlurry to say thanks? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. eeeek, i’d be rubbish in the same situation! What a nice man, but I can’t believe no one else offered to help!

  3. thank goodness for that nice man… we have stopped to help distressed people and my other half changed a tyre before… I don’t drive so lucily always have someone in the car with me to worry abotu these things lol

  4. Bless you! You have had a week of it haven’t you! Sadly we live in a society were people won’t help these days so fair play to you going into McDonalds like that. I wouldn’t have a clue either! Hopefully you will look back at this photo one day and laugh! Hope you have a better week this week x

  5. Sounds like something I would do ๐Ÿ™

    Well done to that lovely man – and fingers up to all the others who couldn’t be bothered.

  6. Oh no! How awful (and embarassing)!
    After a similar experience at the tender age of 19 (no kids in tow) I learnt the hard way how to change a tyre. I flagged a bloke walking by and begged for help. He happened to be a mechanic and taught me there and then.

  7. As a woman that has to get her hubby to even book her car in for an MOT, I have to say that I am now making it my mission to learn how to change a tyre. I’m glad you got someone to help in the end ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Sorry this has happened to you but love the fact you managed to sneak in a snap of your good samaritan (or at least his bottom)

    • It was rubbish at the time but we’re seeing the funny side now – will be rubbish again when I see this month’s credit card bill – that little 3 hour round trip cost me at least 3 Ebuzzing posts ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. bloody disgraceful isn’t it? i cannot believe that no one but one man got up to help you! *tuts away to herself*
    still, on a lighter note, i am loving the fact that you photographed his arse!! lol

    glad you were all ok xx

  10. Maybe useless for changing a tire, but brave for announcing it to the world. I know how to change one, but there is no way in heck that I would every be able to loosen a nut, so I would be announcing myself right along with you!

  11. Well hurrah for the good samaritan and ya boo sucks to all the others that turned the other cheek, hope they all get flat tyres on lonely, dark stretches of some motorway sometime soon.

  12. Oh my Goodness… that is the stuff of nightmares. You handled yourself well. I would have cried. Speaking of… you’re leaving New Blogs? Nooooo! Will have to stalk you through other categories/twitter now. And happy blogoversary! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. What a kind man to have come to your rescue and what absolute rotters that everyone else ignored you. Nice man, we like him.

    Thanks for linking up


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