All these years later

Many years ago I got caught in the rain in a dress and no jacket. While crossing the street a stranger gave me his umbrella. “Keep it. You need it more than I do,” he said, as we walked across the crosswalk and then parted ways. All these years later I still think about that moment. Oh by the way this occurred at St. Lawrence market in Toronto. That kind of kindness isn’t observed here in Vancouver. #fucky’all


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I'd bet

Feb 17, 2019 at 4:46pm

$100,000 that no women has ever given a man her umbrella.
Taking advantage of her privilege, the OP expects it to happen here all the time.


Feb 17, 2019 at 5:36pm

I don't live in Vancouver anymore. But several years ago, I was walking close to Joyce skytrain station. Two men stopped me, and asked if I wanted an umbrella. I was carrying an umbrella myself so I was confused. Apparently, they had an extra umbrella, and decided to give it to the first person they met. It was a brand new, high quality umbrella. I still don't understand to this day why they wanted to get rid of it. The point of the story is that there are generous and kind people everywhere. I witnessed multiple acts of kindness when I lived in Vancouver. There is really no need to bash Vancouver when recounting something that should be a feel-good inspirational story. Too bad the ending of your post ruined it.


Feb 17, 2019 at 5:47pm

Give it a rest dude.

Same Boat

Feb 17, 2019 at 6:52pm close.

Yes It Does

Feb 17, 2019 at 6:54pm

Didn’t you read the one about the guy walking the woman to her destination under his umbrella? #fuckyeah

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Feb 17, 2019 at 7:39pm

People are indivduals, not representatives of their race, gender, religion, or current location.

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No fun City

Feb 17, 2019 at 7:56pm

Thank you! This was the best thing I've read here in a long time.

60 year old vancouverite

Feb 17, 2019 at 9:08pm

It’s happened to me so many times in this rainy city, I can’t tell you. Someone covering you with an umbrella, giving you an umbrella. I have sweet stories about this since I was a child. Maybe you are young and from back east?

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Vancity girl

Feb 17, 2019 at 9:47pm

I’ve had people do this in occasion here too. There’s good people out there, just gotta have faith

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Not true

Feb 17, 2019 at 9:59pm

On my way to an interview in downtown Vancouver I hesitated by a curb ready to cross the street. It had been snowing and there was a pile of snow and a lake of water in front of me. I was thinking , well I can stand in the puddle in my nice boots and interview attire or I can take a chance and jump. A man's hand reached out to take mine and he said nothing. He just smiled and we both took a wide stride to cross the puddle. He let go as he walked ahead of me on the crosswalk. I never saw him again and didn't get the chance to thank him. I got the job, best one I've ever had. That was 4 years ago. Today I helped an elderly gentlemen to his feet when he stumbled. I've been paying it forward for so long now that I don't understand why people say Vancouver is unfriendly. Sometimes you need to reach out and help someone without asking. It will come back to you eventually.

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