Random Act of Kindness Stops Traffic

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Wednesday evening, while at an Odessa traffic light, Local 2’s Lupe Zapata witnessed more than a dozen people taking to a busy intersection to lend a helping hand.

Monahans Resident Heather Garcia had just left the Sam’s Club parking lot when her day took a turn for the worse, or so she thought.

While turning onto JBS Parkway, she realized the multiple pallets of bottled water she had just purchased fell out of the bed of her truck and scattered all over the intersection.

One driver passing by, smiled and waved at Garcia, running over the freshly fallen pallets of water.

Garcia quickly got out of her truck to recover the missing pallets when she realized she wasn’t alone.

“It’s crazy, I mean I look back and I’m carrying a case and the next thing you know all these people are piling out of their vehicles to come help me out.” 

And that’s when Lupe spotted the scene of people scrabbling to her aid, stopping traffic in the process.

Drivers put their hazard lights on and parked in the middle of the intersection to protect the crowd from oncoming traffic.

No honking, no yelling to hurry in her aid, just people helping people.

“I couldn’t help but not capture footage on my cell phone of the ordeal,” Lupe said. 

“It looked like something out of a movie, what made it better is I had a news camera in my car  and the victim of the mishap agreed to interview with me. She wanted to thank the total strangers who had disappeared as fast as they had appeared.”

While interviewing Garcia, Lupe asked what her message would be to the more than a dozen of good Samaritans that stopped to help.

“I hope you get yours back in return, I hope that one day when you need help that somebody is there for you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Garcia says the next time she sees a total stranger in a bad situation she will go out of her way to pay it forward.

“You know, I always try to help others and that’s like one of my big things is do unto others as you would want done to you.”

What makes this story that much better? Sam’s Club reimbursed the damaged water bottles with new ones.

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