We talk a lot about how similar Canada is to the United States, but stories like this remind us that there are some things that will only happen in Canada. For instance, where else would a Tim Horton’s employee–a complete stranger–lend you their car for a few days? Yeah, pretty much nowhere.
Sheila Grover, Lisa Richardson and the rest of their relay team, the Dalhousie Dangerously Accelerative Ladies, were on the road to the Cabot Trail Relay Race in Baddeck, Nova Scotia Monday when they ran into some car trouble. They were stranded at a Timmy’s 20 kilometers away from their destination. When an employee there heard of their plight, she offered them her car free of charge, no questions asked.
‘There was no question in my mind. They needed a vehicle and I have one. I live in town. I can find a drive easier than them,’ Melanie Landry, the employee, told CTV. Landry had run parts of the race herself and was eager to help some fellow runners get to their competition.
— Kelland Sundahl (@KSundahlCTV) May 29, 2017
The Dalhousie Ladies were hesitant to accept her offer (we would be too if someone just handed us the keys to their car) but after a little convincing, they borrowed the vehicle for a day and a half to run the race. The only instructions from Landry: ‘Don’t kick my team’s butt.’
The Cabot Trail Relay Race is a 277 kilometer relay that takes place over the span of 24 hours so this was no light commitment for either the runners or the car lender. In the end, looks like Landry made a good choice to led these particular ladies her vehicle. They went on to win fastest women’s team in the race and did, in fact, kick her team’s butt.
‘I was really proud. I was really happy for them,’ Landry said.
It’s so heartening to hear uplifting stories of Canadian kindness. We guess people aren’t that bad after all.