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Thanks to Paul the Good Samaritan from ACT Towing

By marnie - 21 December 2008 31

I’d like to publicly thank Paul from ACT Towing for his Good Deed a few weeks ago.I had my newborn and three-year-old in the car, driving home from dropping Dad off at the ATO. It was a rainy day when we got up, and we drop him off so he doesn’t need to ride his motorbike in the rain on the oil slick roads.  We were on the way home when Jett, our littlest family member, lost it and needed a feed. So we pulled over on the side of the road on Barton Highway and I gave him a breastfeed, calming him quick smart.

However, when we all got back into our seats, the car wouldn’t start! “Grrr, grrr, grr” was all it said. Where was my phone? Where was my purse? On the fridge at home – we’d rushed out the door in a hurry, I thought “Pfft, I’ll be right this once!” (Sigh).So, Maven crying piteously that it was his fault for not getting back into his seat, we waiting for a passing motorist to check on us and see if we were right.An hour later, we were still waiting. Plenty of cars going by, all having a look, but that was all. I was a bit surprised no-one slowed to say “Are you right?” out their window, especially as Maven kept saying “Are we stuck here all day?” 

Finally, there I am standing beside the car with the bonnet up, Jett in a sling and Maven standing nearby as we watched the cars go by, Paul pulls up and says “Do you need a hand?””Yes!!”He hoisted up the car, helped us into the cabin, drove us to Mitchell to Nicks Quality AutoElectrics, who fitted a new battery while we waited in the cabin of the truck out of the cold.  He didn’t charge us a cent, just wanted to help out a mum with little kids, as he had a little one at home too. It was so lovely a gesture.Thankyou Paul, we’ve seen you in your truck since and waved, Maven still talks about “Paul who helped save us” (LOL) and waves when we see your truck too.

So, the next time you get stuck on the side of the road, give a call to Paul at ACT Towing: Ph: 0438 651 360 Thanks also to Nicks’ Quality Auto Electrics, (0402 287 813) who fitted a new battery, and only took our rego as ‘payment’ until I came back that afternoon with Chris, phone and purse to pay for our new battery! Charndra, Maven and Jett,Amaroo. 

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31 Responses to
Thanks to Paul the Good Samaritan from ACT Towing
tylersmayhem 9:53 am 22 Dec 08

I am still curious how you draw your opinions and conclusions about white collar workers Bloodnut – other than the fact you probably just don’t like us.

justbands 9:42 am 22 Dec 08

> no – its a pretty good generalisation and just because you may be the exception doesn’t make it incorrect.

I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people, whatever their job, wouldn’t stop. The fact that they were there for over an hour backs that up. I highly doubt that it was only white collar workers who went past in that hour.

I remember some years ago breaking down a couple of hundred k’s south of Darwin. I swear that just about each & every car that went past stoppped to offer assistance. We were offered water, food, mechanical assistance, phones…everything. Warmed my soul it did.

Steady Eddie 9:40 am 22 Dec 08

Jett? Maven? Bogan alert!

bloodnut 9:34 am 22 Dec 08

tylersmayhem said :

noting that you wouldn’t get that sort of response from one of our fine white collar compatriots

Yeah – that’s a pretty crap generalisation Bloodnut, particularly on a topic thanking folks. I also would have stopped.

no – its a pretty good generalisation and just because you may be the exception doesn’t make it incorrect.

Good on Paul for stopping and good on you and justbands for being the type that would as well.

Ruth 9:31 am 22 Dec 08

I love reading stories like this. Good on you Paul – if we ever need a tow, you’re the first that we’ll call!

tylersmayhem 9:13 am 22 Dec 08

noting that you wouldn’t get that sort of response from one of our fine white collar compatriots

Yeah – that’s a pretty crap generalisation Bloodnut, particularly on a topic thanking folks. I also would have stopped.

justbands 9:07 am 22 Dec 08

> noting that you wouldn’t get that sort of response from one of our fine white collar compatriots.

Hang about…I would have stopped!

Nice work Paul, if I need a tow truck…yours is the first number I’m ringing.

tylersmayhem 8:36 am 22 Dec 08

Good story and fine form from Paul! We need more folk like that here in Canberra. I know a few who would have stopped, helped and then charged – but what Paul did is gold.

Have a happy Christmas all and take care of each other!

Pommy bastard 7:58 am 22 Dec 08

Interesting name, Maven;

ma?ven
? ?/?me?v?n/ Pronunciation [mey-vuhn]
–noun
an expert or connoisseur.
Also, mavin.

Origin:
1960–65; < Yiddish < Heb: connoisseur

Madame Workalot 7:47 am 22 Dec 08

Great story. Good to see there’s still some people with heart out there.

And for what it’s worth – I would have stopped for you!

Granny 12:16 am 22 Dec 08

Paul, whoever you are, you are a legend. Live long and prosper!

bloodnut 10:10 pm 21 Dec 08

thanks ant – didn’t take long.

ant 10:06 pm 21 Dec 08

Hang on, hang on… Maven?!

That said, it’s good to get the word out on good operators, good service, a job done well and people who go above and beyond.

bloodnut 8:52 pm 21 Dec 08

Awww, Canberra is ok after all – noting that you wouldn’t get that sort of response from one of our fine white collar compatriots.

i also want to ask something else, but i think i might wait for someone else to do it for me.

willo 5:53 pm 21 Dec 08

great story….sorry to hear that you had to wait so long for assistance….all that
it would have taken would be someone to stop and lend you their phone to call for help….

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