Niceness Level 10

Post by Mark

I ran into a mechanical problem on my way to work this morning in my Datsun. As I was driving down the Gulf Road, my accelerator cable broke. Luckily I was driving fast enough so I could change lanes all the way to the right and then coast through a green traffic light until I managed to take the exit into the Chili’s parking lot. By then my car was going super slow but it still had enough momentum for me to find a spot and park my car. I checked under my dash right away and saw the frayed cable. I was upset but calm since I know with old cars you need to have patience and mine barely gives me any trouble anymore considering I drive it everyday and I’m not really gentle with it. After a few minutes of contemplating what I should do, I decided I would just try and fix it myself since I kinda knew what I needed to do. Cut the story short, I connected the cable back to my pedal but then ran into an issue with the cable no longer reaching my carburetor. So then had to move my cable bracket closer to the carburetor and readjust the location of my throttle spring and got everything working. If you want to see all the steps I tweeted them: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]

It took around an hour and I felt a sense of accomplishment when I was done, but thats not what this post is about. While I was working on my car in the Chili’s parking lot, two guys came up to me and asked if I needed any help.

The first guy looked a bit “3agaidi”. He pulled up in a white Hyundai with fully black tinted windows as I was about to start work on the car and asked me if everything was ok and if I needed any help. I told him I was good and explained to him what the problem was. He offered to drop me off to Shuwaikh or home if I wanted to but I told him I was going to fix the car myself. He then told me he had a 79 Datsun himself, but that he uses it only for “استعراض” which roughly translates to, “I do burnouts in the middle of public roads”. He was pretty nice though and left after a few minutes by driving out of the parking lot the wrong way (of course).

The second guy who came up to me was an older American guy. I was halfway through the job and he also asked me what was wrong and if I needed any help. I told him the accelerator cable broke but I managed to reattach it. He asked me if I had enough slack left to get the cable back to the carburetor and I told him I didn’t, but I was working on a fix for that by moving the cable bracket closer to the carb. He told me he was a Suburu guy so he knew a thing or two about repairing cars (car people will understand this). He was with his wife and they walked around looking at the car for a bit before they went into Chili’s for brunch. Now here is the cool part, around 25 minutes later as I had just finished up and was done testing the throttle, the American guy comes back out with an ice cold lemonade! He’s like you’ve been working under the sun so I figured I’d get you a lemonade.

Like seriously wtf? That was probably one of the nicest things a complete stranger has ever done for me. He handed me the lemonade and then walked all the way back into Chili’s. I was thinking like wtf? Since when are people this nice? It also made me feel like such an un-nice person myself. I would never have thought of doing something like that to a complete stranger. I mean, I think I’m a nice guy, but if I was like Level 6 on the nice scale, this guy was a Level 9 or 10. I wish I had gotten his name or went inside to Chili’s after I was done and thanked him again. But at that point I wasn’t thinking straight, I just wanted to get out of the sun and my car out of there and back home. His niceness really only hit me once I was driving back hone drinking the lemonade.

Although my morning didn’t start off great, the experience with the two strangers was really an eye opener. I kinda want to try and be nicer to strangers from now on. I’ll have to check back on this a year from now and see how this plan turns out.

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25 comments, add your own...

  1. Umair Shaikh says:

    No Selfie or SNAPCHAT With The Cool Stranger Who Gave You lemonade … DATS RUDE !!!

  2. Neo says:

    Thank God that you’re safe…

    And Wow… That’s just amazing how nice they were….

    It’s incidents like this that encourage you to pass good deeds forward…

    Wishing you the very best…

    God Bless !!!

    • Mark says:

      It’s not THAT dangerous getting the accelerator cable cut, you just can’t step on the gas. I’d imagine it would be a lot worse if you can’t step on the brakes you know

  3. A Gitey says:

    Wow that’s an inspiring story! Thanks!
    Also don’t be so hard on yourself.. I’d say you are 8

  4. alpshano says:

    Wow what days have come? we (me in included) are shocked when people are nice for no reason.

  5. Sam says:

    Man, I always feel a little guilty while passing the Chilis parking lot. I was walking back home to BNaid algar after a walk atound the towers, I saw a guy fixing a flat on his audi. Even though it looked like he had things under control, I felt bad for not asking if he needed a hand. It was night so even a little light from my phone may have helped. Oh well…

  6. Jay says:

    Good uplifting story. I’m sure there are more such good people out there, and all such good gestures should be shared and talked about more for others to be inspired and generally feel good about the goodness remaining in the world.
    On a side note, i hope they hadn’t recognized you :)

  7. meh says:

    So please people stop bashing Kuwait :(

  8. Mrs. Mohammad says:

    “Pay it Forward” Mark – next time you can, randomly do an extra-special act of kindness for someone else. :-)

  9. TheWebCapsule says:

    What does 3agaidi mean, Mark?

    • meh says:

      3egaidi originally comes from the beduin tribe 3egaidat. They come from areas in Syria, Jordan and Iraq. They are like any other beduin tribe but perhaps a bit more beduin than other beduins if one can say because they appear a bit out of touch with modern society in appearance and behaviour. For that reason the term 3egaidi has evolved into a slang for a very beduin person, even amongst beduins themselves, and of course in some cases used as an insult or a racist slur.

  10. Moe says:

    Alternative Scennario:

    *The couple finishes their meal and asks for the cheque*

    Waiter: Sir, I forgot your lemonade. Would you like it in a to go cup?

    “Nice Guy”: Sure, ill just give it to the poor guy outside


  11. Ipsom says:

    The power of the Z!

  12. mungee says:

    Believe it or not, this sort of behaviour is pretty standard in lots of places. I was surprised at in myself when I moved to Canada, and even in the UK Ive experienced this. Kuwait gets you so used to people being awful, and makes you kinda awful as well just to survive… but some people are able to keep their head through it all.

    If you ever leave Kuwait, I’m sure youll come across this sort of thing much more often. But itll still always be nice :D

  13. Asif Juzar says:

    If you were to be a Mechanic, you’re one Hell of a Rich Mechanic :)

    I hope your did’nt Damage your AP while fixing the problem.

  14. nasser says:

    baby steps mark try smiling first then try the nice thing

  15. Alex says:

    Hmm, do you think that wire was cut by an old girlfriend? Haha just kidding!..?

  16. jhonybravo says:

    Well Thanks to your Datsun.. Cars like these attract niceness . . …. Change that car to a Mitsubishi Lancer and feel the difference.

    Appreciate the guy gesture though

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