A woman left speechless at a random act of kindness in London has sent a message of thanks to her good Samaritan.
Martina and Brian Payne traveled to the heart of the city on Sunday to discuss vacation plans with some close friends.
They boarded the Northern Line to head home later that evening.
During a change at a busy Kennington train station, the pair sat on a bench while Brian checked the latest Chelsea results.
Martina told Metro.co.uk: “There was a man sitting next to Brian and I didn’t pay much attention to it as it was very busy.” The first train was too hectic so we decided to wait for the next one.
“The man was holding a bouquet of flowers and I just thought they were for a girlfriend or boyfriend or something.” Then he held out his hand and said they were for me.
“I said ‘Oh thank you for that’ and put my arm around him while telling him how cute he had been. It was just so beautiful, it made my day better.
“He didn’t say why he did it, but I got a feeling maybe he does every now and then.” I just knew he was a really nice guy.’
Martina said the interaction happened too quickly for her to remember any significant details, but she wants the mystery man to know how much his gesture meant.
She added, “It was so beautiful, so nice what this man did.” If he’s reading this, I want to say a big thank you to him, it really made my day.
‘I think you’re great – please keep doing what you’re doing!’ Maybe I should start doing something similar.’
While the London Underground is now criticized as a rather unsociable place, Martina – mid 60’s – recalls it being very different when she moved to London in her early 20’s.
“People definitely had eye contact, we talked to each other,” she recalls.
“I grew up with this.” I’m that person who’s still talking to people at the bus stop now!
“The world can seem so negative despite all the bad news, but there really are some really nice people out there. We must remember that.’
Martina and Brian say their friendly stranger had tattoos, “long” hair and appeared to be in his 20s or 30s.
He presented them with the flowers on Sunday, March 29, around 8 p.m.
The bouquet now stands proudly at Martina and Brian’s home near Colliers Wood as a daily reminder of all the good things in the world.
This isn’t the first time Kennington Station has served as the backdrop for a random gesture of kindness.
Cupcakes, bottles of apple juice and neatly wrapped sandwiches remained on the benches last year.
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