- Kirsten Pearson found herself in the Cape Town CBD at 10pm at night and waited for her lift to arrive
- A stranger noticed the woman sitting alone and offered to wait by her side if it would make her feel safer
- Thanks to his act of kindness, her faith in men is being restored and thousands of social media users heaped praise on him
Kirsten Pearson found herself stuck in the Cape Town CBD as she waited on her lift home to arrive.
She had booked an Uber trip, but most Capetonians would feel edgy at the prospect of waiting alone in a dark and quiet location.
Kirsten recalled that it was at around 10pm when an unknown man approached her with a noble offer.
In light of the recent acts of gender-based violence, many would be forgiven for assuming the worst based on the heightened sense of fear that has gripped South African women.
However, this man challenged perceptions as he graciously offered to wait by Kirsten’s side until her lift arrived.
He didn’t force his company on her, but instead gently asked her if she would welcome his presence.
When Kirsten accepted, he still had the presence of mind not to invade her space by maintaining some distance.
Kirsten was bowled over by the stranger’s act of kindness and compassion so she took to Facebook to share her experience.
Briefly.co.za noted the impact the news had as her post went viral – attracting nearly 10 000 likes in the process.
Hundreds of women have responded positively to the news and praised the stranger for helping to restore their faith in men.
Bill Evans commented, “God bless him and his family take care never be bold to wait with no one around. Thank All Mighty Allah your home and safe.”
Nonkosi Maxcine Oor said, “He's a good man, some men would ask you that just to come and approach you and make you feel uncomfortable. God Bless him.”
Bongiwe Nontsikelelo Ubisi added, “Maybe it was an angel you never know and some time you have to thank god for what he has done for you this is too much wow.”
Christopher Whittaker commented, “Most of us men are good people. This man was a gentleman. The sad thing is some women would get offended by such an offer.”
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