Popsugar. com shared an awesome story of a good deed, all the way from Albury, Australia.

When Tyson Crawley stopped to get some diesel for his truck and coffee before work, when he got to the register he realized he didn’t have his new debit card with him. We know the drill, right? Check and see if you have another card you can use. Crawley, a bit embarrassed, tried to use another card — but dang, he blanked on the card’s PIN number.

Now faced with a $110 bill, his dogs barking in the truck outside, and the reality that he was now definitely going to be late for work, he began to sweat bullets.

Then a total stranger walks in and comes up to him. The stranger had actually been in the store previously to get some coffee and noticed Crawley and his dilemma; so he came back in and asked the man if he needed some cash.

But that was a lot of money so at first, Crawley declined the kind offer. But then he asked if it would be OK to get the man’s number so he could transfer the money back to him as soon as he got home.

He asked the man to write his name and phone number down on the receipt.

Which he thought he saw the man do.

But when he looked at the receipt, “John” had simply written his name and the message, “Pass it on.”


Before we go any further, how many assumed Crawley, the white dude, was the giver?

You’d be wrong.


In the Popsugar.com article, Crawley elaborates and even shares the receipt on his Facebook page.

After a bit of investigating, Tyson Crawley discovered that the kindness had been extended to him by a man named John Kennedy Jr., (thumbs up in the photo above) who was a former ice hockey player from Michigan who now worked for some geotech company.

John Kennedy, Jr. spoke with Mashable about the encounter and said, “I saw a brother in need and just wanted to help.” Adding, “Tyson asked me to write my number down and I didn’t want him to return the money, I just thought ‘pass it on’ as in pass on ‘something good.’”

At Popsugar press time the story had received 900 reactions, 200 shares, and 100 comments on Facebook. But these numbers have no doubt changed since then.

The Mashable article has 2.4K shares!

Both men are shocked at the response their story is getting because after all, good news doesn’t sell.

And just look at the smiles on those faces; especially on the face of the giver. I am sure his genuine act of kindness left him walking on Cloud 9.

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6 thoughts on “Gas Station Good Deed Goes Viral

  1. Zpeach on said:

    what a great story. Just goes to show you that even with all of the terrible things going on in the world there are still people that are genuinely kind and just want you to “pay it forward”. God Bless them.

  2. very nice. but I have a similar experience. I’m almost embarrassed to share it, but here goes. I was driving home with a friend one night, and my front left tire blew. I pulled off to the side of the road, nervous because I never had to change a tire before, until now. My friend offered to do it, because he had some experience, so we both got down on the ground trying to loosen the nuts, but nothing was happening. We were there for a good half hour going back and forth trying to loosen these damn nuts on the tire, but nothing was happening. So out of frustration I said, “God you no darn well neither me or my friend no what the hell we are doing, we could really use some help just about now” Not a minute more from saying that, a gentleman came around to where we were in changing this darn tire. He had one of those trucks with the 50 gigantic wheels, but he was about 5 feet tall. So he says,” hey you guys need some help” my friend and I looked at each other, my friend responded with yes, but we had no money. The guy responded with. “That is ok, I live right down this street so it really is not any bother. He took the jack from us proceeded to loosen up the bolts, like he did this all the time, without any problem. My friend and I looked at each other in shock, and thank the guy so much. So I had to ask the guy, “Sir we are not hot chicks in distress, but why would you stop for two guys. His response was,” I don’t care who you are if I needed help I would hope someone would help me out, just Pay It Forward. Well ” I asked for his address and name and could not accept that, but sent him 100.00 for what he did. I felt bad that I did that, because everyone should be able to give back to you without it being something for you to give back to them.

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