when was the last time that you asked a stranger for help?

@TnWoman (1896)
United States
February 5, 2009 1:57pm CST
hello everybody here at Mylot. when was the last time that you asked a stranger for help? this afternoon on my way home from work i decided that i would stop and get some gas so that i wouldn't have to stop in the morning on my way to work as it would be three times as cold in the morning to stop. but this afternoon when i was getting gas, the pump stopped on three dollars, duh, i paid for more than that amount and i thought dang it, i am going to have to go back inside and ask dude at the cash register to turn the pump back on and good thing that i always get a gas receipt, so anyways instead of going back inside the gas station, i seen somebody across from me getting gas and i asked them if they could help me, so long story short, i turned the little switch on the inside of the gas handle and i shut my own fuel off to the van. lol i felt so embarassed when the stranger showed me what i had done. lol that's what i get for trying to pump gas with my gloves on. lmao so tell me, when was the last time that you asked a stranger for help? thanks for sharing and have a beautiful afternoon.
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@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Duh, hehe. We are all human. As for asking a stranger for help, I can't remember the last time, I will ask for help if I need it. I believe that most people are good, kind and helpful. I love people, I feel that a stranger is a friend that you just haven't met yet.
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@TheCatLady (4695)
• Israel
5 Feb 09
I frequently ask strangers to get something from a high shelf in the supermarket. I'm slightly shorter than average and can't reach the last shelf.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
5 Feb 09
i was at the grocery store. i am very short & can't reach the top shelf especially if the front row is gone so i ask some guy to help me. if i have my cane w/me & i do most of the time it comes in really handy for that. they act like everybody shopping is the jolly green giant & can reach anything but i can't. lol
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5 Feb 09
Hi TnWoman, I have never really ask any strangers for help but once when I was coming back from holiday with my friend, we were struggling with our heavy suitcases and me being so small I was struglling to carry it up to the top of the station when all I felt was someone just picked my case up and walked off ahead, then I walked past my friends and they just lloked at me wondering why I have just overtook them and noticed this man with my suitcase ahead of them and put it down on top of the stairs and walked off, they thought it was so funny, the gentleman was so kind to me and he never waited for me to thank him. Love and hugs. Tamara
@sahmof2 (274)
• United States
5 Feb 09
The last time I asked a stranger for help was when I was in walmart about two weeks ago I was shopping in the children's department and notice a man standing in the area where they bring in their stock, where the extra bathrooms for the store are. Anyway I was in the childrens department for a long time because I was looking for something that I thought they sold so I was searching all through the aisles for it, needless to say that, that walmart didn't have it. So as I was searching I felt as though I had to use the restroom and I had cart full of stuff and I didn't want to put the stuff back, and I didn't want to leave it in an aisle with the possibility that a worker might mistake it for abandoned and put my stuff up, so the man was standing there long enough so I just asked him was he going to be there for a while, he said yes so I asked him can he watch my cart. Seeming surprised he said yes, I took my kids, purse, and our jackets and went to the restroom. When I came out he had moved from his original spot and took my cart with him, I thought that was nice I was considering giving him some money out of appreciation because that was a nice gesture to me but decided against it, not wanting him to fill slighted. I just said thank you and walked away to continue shopping laughing at myself for being so bold as to ask a complete stranger for something like that.
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@carolbee (16241)
• United States
8 Feb 09
It's been awhile but it was at a grocery store. When the new scanners came out and I wanted to use it to bypass a checker, I couldn't figure it out. I asked the person in line behind me to help and she did. Felt so stupid after the fact since it was simple.
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
6 Feb 09
I remember last time I asked a stranger for help was at the parking lot. It was sunday and so hard to find a parking spot, we looked for the spot for almost half hour so he decided to drop me off, I went to get my stuff and he would keep looking for spots. I think I stay in the market for about 20 mins. When I got out, I walked around in the parking lot to look for him and I coulnd't find him, because I don't have cell phone so I couldn't even call him. So I asked a family for a phone, they were like "no scam no scam!" And I tried again, nobody would help, they probably think I will grab the phone and go away...
@shifyole (38)
• India
6 Feb 09
yes, i had asked when i was travelling in the train to my native place for the first time. it was a lady so i was comfortable with her on the journey and asked her to inform me when she gets up in the morning and when that particular station comes. she was so sweet that she did that.
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
the first thing that entered my mind upon reading this topic is the incident two years ago, wherein it was the eve of my 24th birthday and my boyfriend who supposed to fetch me from work was not able to come. I don't have any money with me to be able to go home, so (nervously) I asked a stranger if he could give me a free ride for me to go home and amazingly he agreed.That's why I will never forget my 24th birthday though it is full of problems, a stranger still helped me and made me realize that life is full of surprises. My boyfriend did'nt show up but an act of kindness of a stranger means a lot.
• India
6 Feb 09
well i dont remember when i asked a stranger for help but well now i ask to all those who are reading on my lot , if they can help me out then well it would good to me as now i am in financial crises and need of some financial help.well i will return it back once i am out from my problems.
• United States
6 Feb 09
I have no idea, I don't keep tabs on these things. I think I've been given or offered help a whole lot more than asking for help. Now that I think of it, I rarely asked for help my whole life, esp from a stranger, though I have gotten a lot of help from friends and strangers.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
6 Feb 09
Last summer my son and I were out and about when we stopped at a little convenience store for a coke.. When we came back out to the car, it wouldn't start and neither of us knew what to do.. So he opened the hood and we waited for someone who looked like they might have a bit of "car savvy" about them to come along.. It didn't take long before we saw a couple of Mexican boys pull up in a work van.. We ask him if he could help and after the language barrier was broken, he understood and went back to his van.. He brought a small piece of metal, and put it near the battery clippy thingy, I am really smart about cars, can you tell, anyway it was a loose battery cable and he couldn't get it tightened up, so the small piece of metal helped to hold it in place and somehow keep a charge until we could get back home and get my husband to take him to get a battery.. We lucked out for sure as they were lifesavers.. We gave them a few dollars and they smiled and went on their way as did we..
• United States
6 Feb 09
To be honest, I don't think I have ever really asked a stranger for help since I was raised by an over-protective single mother who drilled into my head that "talking to strangers" was a bad thing to do; it also didn't help much that the schools would regularly have rallies teaching kids not to talk to strangers. With that in mind, I rarely spoke to strangers and, to this day, I still have speaking to someone I don't know for no reason, even if it's to ask for help; plus, while I really need to work on it, I grew up somewhat prideful, in a manner of speaking: those around me, excluding family, led me to believe that if I couldn't do it right on my own, it meant I was stupid, so I always tried to figure it out on my own (and I still do, truthfully).
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
6 Feb 09
Hi TnWoman! Bless that stranger for helping you out even if he pointed out the mistake you did! lol.. I can't seem to recall the last time I asked a stranger for help. I usually have been helped by strangers when I my grocery bags were too heavy to carry, or if I dropped them and they do it without being asked to. I think the last time was when I asked for directions from a stranger and she was so kind to not just point out the direction to me but she actually accompanied me to the house of a new friend I was trying to find at that time. But I am not sure when was that, I think it was the third quarter of last year. Take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
I could no longer remember when it happened. I did not actually asked for help. It was him who volunteered to help me. Really kind person. I thanked him for that. He was sensitive to my need that time. Hope he multiplies to millions.
@vrajase (17)
• United States
5 Feb 09
The last time I ask someone for help was this past Saturday. I was out hiking on a nearby trail and when I returned my car was sandwiched between 2 others and I was not able to get my vehicle out. I asked a couple walking up to the trail to help me pull out and the gentleman actually drove my vehicle out of the tight space. I thanked them both and happy to know that there are still some good people in this world. But to the the person who parked in front of me in a red zone....karma is just around the corner.
@scorpio19 (1363)
5 Feb 09
Hi TnWoman, I didn't actually ask this man for help and I'm afraid I was not very appreciative of his help at the time but I have thought about it since and wished I could of gone back into time and been a bit more gracious. I fell a couple of years ago on my way home with my mother, my mum hadn't even noticed i had left her side, she was in full conversation with herself whilst I had fell quite heavily on my knees on the pavement and it just came out of nowhere, one min I'm on my own two feet, the next I'm on the floor (thanks to the uneven pavements our council have not got around to sorting) and this man just appeared from nowhere and helped me up but I was so shaken I just wasn't prepared for this helping hand as I was quite happy to just gather myself and get up in my own time, so I never thanked him at all, how terrible of me but my mum did, by this time she's finally stopped for air or realised I was not there and came running back making a right fuss like mothers do and couldn't thank this man enough.