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“Politics and scams aside, you can’t help but smile at someone genuinely caring and showing compassion for a stranger.”

by Prince Of Petworth January 26, 2017 at 11:10 am 32 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

Today (1/25 5:00pm) waiting for my bus home (the Union Station- Georgetown circulator) I noticed a homeless woman talking to a man with a MAGA hat on at the bus stop. (First thought: oh jeez a trump supporter.)The bus comes, and all of the sudden the man is talking to the bus driver, explaining how this woman in from North Carolina, lost her phone, and needs to take the bus, but doesn’t have money. (Second thought: he’s getting scammed). He then helped the lady onto the bus, loaded ALL of her heavy suitcases and bags onto the seats, AND physically lifted her into the seat.

Politics and scams aside, you can’t help but smile at someone genuinely caring and showing compassion for a stranger.”

  • L.

    Good for him! I’d like to see his guy POTUS do that!

  • Iris

    I usually shake my head at trump supporters, but i dont believe they are bad people. I believe so many of them have concern for real issues like unemployment…..

    anyway, good for this guy. :-)

    • Anon

      +1 I have friend and family on both sides and I can agree, not all on the right are crazy and evil!

    • west_egg

      It’s certainly true that people in states like Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are slipping further and further behind. Between the new economy and the heroin epidemic their communities have been devastated. Their frustration is real and I feel for them.
      On the other hand, I cannot and will never excuse a vote for Donald Trump.

      • Anon

        Unfortunately, it’s happening in southern jersey too with the closing of the casinos. I know so many people who’s parents have spent their entire career working in one casino and have now are unemployed at an older age with no education and no other skill set. You can tell people to go back to school, but at that age, it’s not really realistic to start your career over and I don’t know if other states even provide free training to the elderly like they do around here. I’m also amazed to hear about the drug epidemic because I thought that was a 90s/2000s thing, but I guess it never really went away.

        • west_egg

          What do you do for people like your friends’ parents? People whose entire line of work is gone and not coming back. Same with coal miners, or people who work retail for that matter. Our economy is undergoing a huge transformation and people are turning to dark places for relief.
          As far as our drug problem — this opiod/heroin problem is relatively new, at least in the way it’s manifesting itself now.

          • dcgator

            Yup–now it’s affecting whiter communities, so you’re hearing about it.

          • Ms. D

            Sooo…I’m from Youngstown, Ohio. One of those formerly blue places that flipped red in the last election. I understood the plight of those who were employed in the steel industry until the ’70’s or ’80’s and were disrupted by the shutdowns (my own grandfather was a victim of “our” “Black Monday” in 1977 (5,000 workers from a single mill laid off on one day)). He was 50 and had left school just before the 8th grade…WTF was he supposed to do? Who is going to hire someone with a 7th grade education? Fortunately for him, he had enough money saved up at that point to just retire, sort of (more on this later).
            But I refuse to understand those people who think that we should “just bring the steel industry back,” and therefore don’t get an education and (this really happens!) refuse decent-paying jobs that are “beneath them” when they are offered. My family still lives in the area. My SIL (a BSN in a supervisory position) reports that CNAs, who generally make $12-15/hour + benefits at her hospital, generally last 6-12 months in the job. She comes home every day complaining about people who don’t want to *work* for a living. They refuse to help turn patients, refuse to deal with patients in isolation, etc., etc., etc. While my SIL is in a supervisory position, she *still* helps turn patients, deals with patients in isolation, etc., and did much more of that while an RN on general rotation on the floor. When I worked retail in the area, the amount of “not my job” attitude I observed was stunning.
            Even if the steel mill jobs DID come back, these people would refuse to do them after a single day! My grandmother loved to tell the story about how my mom ran away from my grandpa when he came home from work “early” one day. She was 3, and he usually went to work before she woke up and came home after she went to bed, so when he came home one day when she was still awake, SHE DIDN’T RECOGNIZE HER OWN FATHER AND RAN SCREAMING FROM THE STRANGER IN THE KITCHEN. All that’s to say that my grandfather worked double shifts on the regular, doing hard, manual labor. If you can’t deal with wounds and vomit, you *certainly* aren’t going to shovel slag out of a blast furnace for 14-16 hours/day!
            At the end of all of this, my grandfather died for lack of healthcare in 1992. He was trying to wait until he qualified for Medicare to have a bypass he knew he needed for a while. He died in April, of a heart attack while cutting the grass. He would have qualified for Medicare in July. He had enough money to pay for it, but it would have left him/his family destitute. He had already paid for cataract surgery for himself and his wife and ongoing diabetes treatment for our great-grandmother out of pocket. He was promised lifetime healthcare from his employer when he was working. But, sure, no one dies for lack of healthcare. He spent all he felt he could without compromising the family’s ability to pay for basic expenses on an ongoing basis, and paid the ultimate price.

        • Anon

          Since I can’t reply to dcgator’s comment about whiter communities, have you ever been to Atlantic City? Yes, there’s whiter communities along the shoreline, but there’s also a large population of minorities who also happen to be employed by the casinos that are closing. This is an industry that is shutting down and causing people of all backgrounds to lose their careers. We’re not just hearing about it because it has an effect on white people. Not every conversation we have needs to involve race.

          • Blithe

            “”The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.””

          • Blithe

            The above quote is from a Forbes article re: a conversation with a top Nixon aide.
            Not every conversation needs to be about race, but conversations about the War on Drugs in the US should probably acknowledge that behavior that was largely criminalized for blacks — with all the consequent damages of that, has often been viewed and treated as medical problems or even as a public health issue for white individuals and within white communities– viewpoints with entirely different consequences. Since the consequences impact individuals, families, and communities, and interventions plans, it would be disingenuous, or, at least short sighted to ignore them.

          • dcgator

            I was specifically replying to the heroin issue–my bad, shoulda been more clear.

  • Sorry but

    This, and the person who tipped $450 at Busboys really piss me off. You think you can buy us off and it makes you a good person? You voted for someone who is actively reversing all the hard fought progress in this country. It’s not ok, and giving a big tip or helping an old lady isn’t going to make it.

    • FridayGirl

      I kind of agree.
      Although I’d much rather have this guy around than the woman who asks people for money near U Street and tells them she hopes they have a heart attack when they refuse -_- So much ugh.

      • west_egg

        I haven’t met the woman you’re talking about but she sounds mentally unstable and in need of help. One more way our government falls short.

        • FridayGirl

          I agree. If she was in a consistent spot I’d call one of the homeless orgs to see if they could assist her but she moves along and she’s not always around (maybe once every couple of weeks).

    • Anon

      Wow! Do you honestly believe this man helped this woman not out of the kindness of his heart, but instead so others think he is a good person or “buy us off’? The same with the big tippers? I get you’re angry and you politically disagree with these voters, but geez. This should be a positive moment proving people out there are still humane and have compassion, even if they don’t share your same views.

      • Chris

        It takes a pretty cold heart to think this way. The more you let hatred conquer your heart the more Trump wins. I get that you’re probably just blowing off steam online, but take a moment – ask yourself if you really want to be this way.

        I have a lot of relatives in Trump Country. They got suckered in to making a REALLY BAD choice but they’re still human beings.

        • Blithe

          I completely agree with you. At the same time, I realize that a significant number of Trump supporters don’t view me as a human being. (see Duke, David) So it’s important for me, as we go forward as a country, to acknowledge just how deep some of our divides continue to be.

          • Soco

            +1000. I can sympathize with making a bad decision due to desperate circumstances, but I can’t let go of the fact that the promise of factory jobs justified voting for someone who openly attacks various oppressed groups and doesn’t consider huge portions of the US population as fully human and valuable. I’m working on it, but I can’t forgive these Trump voters. And these Trump supporters wearing visual signs of their support (the MAGA hat) and then trying to openly seem good?–no, I don’t see it as genuine.

    • B’Dale Res

      So if you were ever in need of assistance you, would turn your nose up to someone that voted for a party that wasn’t yours? I always felt humanity was a lot more complex than political affiliation. I have a hard time stomaching extremism, thus your comment is hard to digest.

      • FridayGirl

        Let me play devil’s advocate here for a moment:
        I don’t think this is exactly what Sorry But is saying.
        From my impression, s/he is more upset that it may have been done to toot their own horn or drum up some recognition with them because they have enough money to burn.
        Personally, do I think the gesture was out of kindness? Yes. But I also wouldn’t put it past someone to do things like this for their own recognition. Additionally, I have my doubts about whether Anon or B’Dale Res have been in a position in which they’d truly need assistance. Assistance goes beyond finances, and keeping one’s pride and dignity also has a lot to do with it.

        • Anon

          Anon here. Yes, I have been in the position where I’ve needed assistance- financial, medical, etc. I think everyone has. I have super diverse group of friends and family, diverse meaning racially, financially, politically, etc. and we put our differences aside. Im not going to lose a friendship over a disagreement. Or because we have different beliefs or voted a different way. And as an example, last year I went through months of medical tests/biopsies, appointments and ultimately surgeries. It’s something I’m still dealing with and know I’ll be dealing with again. My super republican friends and my super liberal friends came together to help me and I wouldn’t think twice about doing it for any of them. I don’t think it’s some miracle that they were able to interact and be supportive together in a calm manner. They have other things in common and realize despite their political views being different, at the end of the day, were all human and life’s too short to spend it being upset or angry.

          • FridayGirl

            Right, but what we have to be cognizant of is that not everyone shares the same experiences. Sorry But may not have had the same good experiences you have had, and that’s okay. What’s not okay is to tell someone their feelings are less valid just because you haven’t had the same experiences.

          • B’Dale Res

            I arrived in this world with the snap of God’s finger. No assistance needed. Oh wait, I guess I needed god to snap his finger…never mind, I was trying to prove you right. I was I was a golden child and didn’t need assistance from anyone, ever. You must have an interesting story FridayGirl, is the power of assumption truly a power, or is it fools gold?

    • Anon

      I mentioned it in yesterday’s R/R/R. I think it’s just a cultural thing among rich Texans. Not politically motivated, not special, just something they routinely do because they’re generous and have lots of money to be generous with.

  • General Grant Circle

    Love conquers hate
    Have compassion for your fellow man
    Regardless of who they are or what they believe in

  • Chris

    You mean all Trump supporters aren’t all horrible people?! This complicates my narrative :-(

  • Anon X

    I think everyone who doesnt like Trump needs to realize that the anger and opposition need to be directed at the administration and their actions – where there’s plenty of things to dislike and oppose. The coalition that voted Trump into office certainly included racists, bigots, and all varieties of hateful people. But it also included people who are good people who just voted for him for one reason or another unrelated to the reasons you didnt like him.

    I think too often, especially the left, assumes that the reasons you DONT vote for someone are the same reasons people do vote for them. But, the truth is – there are two completely different universes and someone could have voted for Trump and not even realized the ramifications it has on race/equality/social issues.

    I would say half the middle aged, working class black men I’ve talked to about Trump have been decidedly more pro-Trump, even before the election but certainly since it, than I ever will be.

    There’s something going on out there – and its not always about race/gender/etc.

    • Anon2

      This! This is exactly how I feel, but couldn’t think of how to explain it in words. I also think the group of racists are a small amount of the trump supporters, and the media and some people would prefer to use them as an example of a typical person on the right. They do not represent the entire group just like the protestors burning limos and breaking windows don’t represent everyone on the left.

  • Hill Denizen

    If he was actually being scammed though, wouldn’t she have made some excuse to get out of actually taking the bus?


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