A good Samaritan was at Wrigley Field for the first time with a group of friends the past weekend. As she was walking around checking out the infamous landmark, she ran into a man rocking a Cubs jersey standing in the street trying to grab a cab. The young lady, 26-year-old Casey Spelman, without a word split from her friends, walked over to Dale and tapped him on the shoulder.walked up to the man and simply asked if he was waiting for a cab and offered to flag one down for him.
"That'd be great," he responded to her as he left the game.
“He said, ‘Yeah, you sound pretty, so cabs will probably stop for you before me,'” she said, remembering Dale’s joking quip.
“People were in front of him so I thought it might help him a little bit if he stepped in a little further,” Spelman later told a local TV station in Indianapolis.
A guy named Ryan Hamilton watched for several minutes as a blind man tried to hail a taxi while Chicago Cubs fans teemed out of Wrigley Field. The Chicago resident was on a rooftop on the other side of the road when he noticed throngs of people passing the man by, who was holding a walking stick and waving his hand in an attempt to grab a cab.
Not a single car stopped for the man, but one person did. That person was the girl we just spoke about, Casey Spelman.
Dale told WGN the area was loud and chaotic after the game, making it difficult for him to hear. He appreciated the way Spelman offered to help.
“She did not presume I was incompetent or unable,” he told WGN. “She didn’t get in my personal space, and most importantly, she didn’t touch me, which is an issue for some people with disabilities.
The sad fact is that many people walked right by the man, who was clearly blind, and did absolutely nothing. Luckily, for humanity's sake, Casey came by, found the man a cab, they hugged and wished each other a good day.
This entire encounter would have gone completely unnoticed had it not been for Ryan Hamilton having the presence of mind to capture it on his phone camera and posting it on Facebook with the following caption, "Wanted to give a shout-out to this girl. No idea who she is ... There was a blind Cubs fan trying to hail a cab for several minutes until the lady came up and asked him if he needed help hailing a cab. She stood there with him until one pulled up. Awesome to see such kindness in a world that the media portrays so much hate in."
Since Ryan posted this awesome act of kindness, the post has received almost 13,000 shares and 39,000 likes. Hopefully this wonderful act of human compassion will inspire the people who have been touched by this story.
One commenter on the Facebook post mentioned he was a burly biker and admitting being brought to tears by the post.
Since this story has taken off, media outlets across the world have done articles on it. No matter what news outlets you use, it seems there's a shortage of 'feel good' stories out there and when one comes along, it goes viral quicklike. It really should not have to be ground breaking news, should it? Random acts of common decency should be happening far more than they do. These compassionate acts should be happening so often, that not a single one is newsworthy. Such is the state of the world today, and the state of media that thrives on negative news coverage.
Just so you don't think that the Cubs fan who was helped out is anonymous, WGN in Chicago identified the Cubs fan as Yusef Dale, an assistant U.S. attorney. He has been a lawyer since 1996.
So the next time you help someone else, know that there may be people watching who you don't expect. Even though your good deed might not en up in the news, your act of kindness to others will spread. Share this story to remind others that being a compassionate, decent human being absolutely nothing.