Unimagined Kindness

by Aimee on July 2, 2009

Last weekend I went up to Richmond to The Yarn Lounge with Wendy for her book signing. Since I am planning her events, and time with Wendy is always a blast, I am making an effort to go to some of her events on the East coast.

I do have some awesome pictures from Wendy‘s Richmond visit, but I haven’t pulled them off the camera – maybe I will do that tonight for a post tomorrow. And while I had a GREAT time with Wendy, LBinVA, Frances and a slew of knitters I met on Saturday – I got a speeding ticket in Durham that is going to cost me a lot of money. Frances is awesome and referred me to a lawyer, and he is going to appear, etc for me, but it is going to cost me, so my fun weekend was overshadowed by the ticket I got on Friday. And honestly – I rarely speed – I thought the speed limit was higher through there and I was going with the flow of traffic – I wasn’t passing anyone, I wasn’t weaving in and out – people were passing me!

And I got a flat tire! I ran over a razor blade. Here is where we get to the kindness…

I happened to stop at the next exit in Durham where the NICEST tire replacement shop EVER is – I don’t have any idea who they are, they are a shop about a mile off the road, there is no sign, they had shirts on with the name, but I didn’t write it down and I can’t remember it. Some sort of initials – JP or JT or something – and my Google Fu is failing today.

When I pulled in, they were busy – it really looks like a house with a large gravel lot. I was a little on the “I am not stopping here” side, but I had already put air in the tire (and listened to it whistle right out), and I asked the lady at the Exxon for a place to go and she said they were awesome and right around the corner. The guy who greeted me was nice. SUPER nice. he had my tire off in about 4 seconds from the time I pulled in and confirmed I had punctured the tire with a razor blade (now here is where I am lucky since I had run my hand OVER the tire and managed to not slice my finger OFF!). There was some wear on the tire, so they replaced it with a used tire – with labor $35!

The guys chatted with me, even though they were busy, one of them basically stayed with me the whole time as I milled about the gravel lot. They were friendly. And here is the nicest part – I don’t carry cash. Ever. and I didn’t ask at the gas station or when I pulled up, but they only take cash. The guy (I think he was Mike) said he would put the new tire on and send me off to the ATM at the Exxon. And he did. They totally let me leave and come back. I offered to leave them my license or something, they didn’t take anything in hold – just sent me on my way – I of course came RIGHT back, but how did they know I would be that honest, they didn’t take my name or anything when I came in – not my plate number, nothing – they had no computer, no paperwork of any kind.

To those guys at the tire place – thank you. You made what was a VERY upsetting situation much better with your friendliness and quick service. And if anyone is in the Durham area and happens to know the name of the place, please let me know so I can spread the word!

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

fgirl July 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

It was fun hanging out with ya’ll! I’m sorry you had troubles getting up there and I wish I could take of the ticket for you!

Liz R July 2, 2009 at 11:48 am

It was very nice to meet you! I’m so sorry for all the trouble you had!

LittleWit July 2, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I love places like that. :)

Jane Prater July 6, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Gives you some much needed faith in the human race. Nice story.

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