A mother wants a good Samaritan, known only as Laura, to know that a recent simple act of kindness was much appreciated.
The mother, who has not identified herself, had recently spent a few days in the Canberra Hospital with her 9-week-old son, reports the Daily Mail. As she and her son were discharged from the hospital she noticed she had a parking ticket on the windshield of her car.
But it seems the mom was in for a pleasant surprise. When she opened the envelope she saw the ticket had a note attached, saying that it had been paid by a complete stranger.
“Hi there,” the note opens. “I saw your car had a parking ticket on it, I’m sure whatever you are going through at hospital is tough enough so I have paid for you.”
The author of the note identified herself only as Laura, and, after providing a few payment details signed off, “Hope things get better.”
“After those days in hospital, a parking ticket was one more thing that I didn't need,” the mother wrote in the post accompanying the photograph.
“I hope that Laura sees this and knows how much I appreciate her support. Thank you so much,” she added.
The note and Laura’s kindness drew praise from other Facebook users.
“This has made my Monday,” user Binds Hammond wrote in part. “Way to go Laura!”
“That is simply beautiful !” wrote Sam Russell. “I hope Laura see's your message such a kind thing to do! Needs to be more Laura's in this world!”
Since the photo was posted it has drawn more than 2,000 comments, been shared more than 5,000 times, and liked by more than 50,000 Facebook users.
It’s not the first time a stranger has gone out of his or her way to help with a parking ticket.
The Kindness Blog, according to its information page, celebrates the “angels of kindness that walk among us every day.”
Its archives contain several parking ticket stories, including one from September 2014 in which an Australian paramedic found an unpaid parking in the back of his ambulance. He knew the ticket belonged to the family of an elderly woman whom he had just transported, and he knew that woman later passed away.
According to the brief story, Marc Primrose mailed the ticket back to the family along with a note saying he had paid the fine given the difficult time the family was experiencing.