‘I noticed you left your lights on’: Edmonton Good Samaritan’s note goes viral

Watch above: A University of Alberta student says what could have been a massive headache turned out to make his day, thanks to a Good Samaritan. Online producer Caley Ramsay has more on the stories of kindness that followed. 

EDMONTON — The power of a stranger’s note not only boosted Derek Murray’s spirits this week, but also helped boost his car battery.

The University of Alberta law student forgot to turn off his headlights on Wednesday after parking in a residential neighbourhood around 109 Street and 74 Avenue. When he returned from the university hours later, his battery was dead. And there was a note on his windshield.

“What does anyone think when they see a note being left on their windshield? They think someone’s ticked off at them,” Murray said.

This note was different, though.

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“I noticed you left your lights on,” it read.

“The battery will probably not have enough charge to start your vehicle. I left a blue extension cord on the fence and a…battery charger beside the fence in a the cardboard box. If you know how to hook it up use it to start your car.”

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The Good Samaritan then wrote out instructions and signed off with a “good luck.”

“This guy saved my day from being ruined. Faith in humanity increased a couple notches,” Murray wrote on his Facebook page afterwards.

Murray explained to Global News that, with finals coming up, he’s been stressed with school. This thoughtful gesture by a kind stranger saved him both precious essay-writing time and “a huge headache.”

READ MORE: Random acts of kindness: your stories

Murray’s friend shared the stranger’s note on Reddit. It made it to the top of the site’s front page on Thursday and has drawn hundreds of comments from around the world. You can read it in its entirety below.

Murray says the reaction to what originally was a “bone-headed move” on his part has been surreal.

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He hopes to be able to thank the Good Samaritan in person, since he wasn’t home when Murray returned to his car Wednesday.

Also on his to-do list? Buy booster cables.

“I think it’s my job to go boost someone else now,” he said.

Thanks to this note, a drained car battery turned out to be the highlight of a U of A student’s day. Reddit

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