From kidnapping con-artists pretending to be Uber drivers to real Uber drivers going on killing sprees, it’s no wonder people are a little skeptical of the once well-trusted driving service. It’s really hard to know who to trust these days.
But one Brooklyn driver named Ali is turning that bad rap around with an act of kindness that left Daniel Green and his wife completely baffled.
“This morning I had to call an Uber at 8 am, to return old cable equipment to the ends of the earth in Brooklyn and then still try to make it to work on time. My driver was a (presumably) Muslim guy named Ali, and after I got in I explained that I would just be dropping something off, and once we got there would he mind waiting, keeping the meter running and then driving me back to my apartment?
His response: ‘Why don’t I just drop it off for you?’
Him: ‘Yeah, that way it’s easier for you, right?’
Me: ‘Uh, yes. That would be amazing.’
I leave the equipment in the car and get back out, still standing on my own block, thinking huh… I hope this works out… I wonder how I could track that stuff down if need be. Cut to twenty minutes later – he’s driven all the way to the place (faster than the estimated time) and all of a sudden three things happen:
1) I have an email from my cable provider, confirming the return of my items and thanking ‘me’ for stopping by.
2) I get my Uber receipt, showing that the trip cost me less than HALF of what it would have if my driver Ali had just done what I asked him to do.
And then 3) I get a text from him, with a picture attached of my cable receipt. Because he didn’t know they would email me, and because he’s apparently the most conscientious person in America.
He saved me over twenty bucks (out of his own pocket) and half an hour on my way to work. My wife marveled, ‘I don’t understand what was in it for him.’ I don’t either – but I think I just got a little glimpse into what ACTUALLY makes this country great.”
It’s human nature to be selfish and look out for number one, so when someone performs a random act of kindness out of the good of his heart, it can be baffling. Like the Greens, when we can’t answer the question “What’s in it for him?” it’s often tough for us to wrap our minds around why a total stranger would do something so selfless for us.
As Christians, let us be the ones who charge this generation to ask that same question…
“Let us love people so well they ask you why.”
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