Helping Hands All Around Oahu
Wednesday - February 13, 2008
We discovered a flat tire on our car after shopping. I went to the nearby Goodyear Tire store and I was told that a repair could take about two hours because they were shorthanded at the time. The man did tell me to check the Flagship Fastlube right around the corner.
Upon reaching this Flagship Fastlube location, we were told that they do not repair tires, so I asked “Harley” if it would be OK if I changed the tire in the driveway of his shop. Right away he said for me to bring the car closer and he would change the tire for us. He then wheeled out the big jack and air hose and put the spare on. When we offered to pay for his time, he replied, “No need, don’t worry about it, I just want you to get home safely.”
We want to express our big mahalo to Harley of Flagship Fastlube for making our day and the other guys for their assistance.
Flagship Fastlube facility manager Harley Castillo says it just made more sense for him to do it himself. “It was kind of slow here by then and I didn’t want this elderly couple to struggle with changing the tire. For me, it takes less than 5 minutes, so why not? That’s just the way I am.”
I want to extend my deepest thanks to Sam and Joe of the Sky Painting Company for helping me when I had a hit-and-run car accident on Pali Highway. They waved at people to slow down as my car was wedged up against the railing in the left lane, and they stayed with me until the police came. I really appreciate the time they took from their work also. Sky Painting is very fortunate to have these two men working for them!
Unfortunately the phone number for Sky Painting is no longer in service, so I hope that doesn’t mean Sam and Joe are out of a job. A big mahalo goes out to them from all of us who have had to rely on the generosity and caring of strangers in times of need.
Good day, Pamela!
Even while tagging my walking partner and me for jay-walking on Hotel Street, a Honolulu Police Officer was fair and polite. Many people do this on Hotel Street, since cars are not allowed here, only buses. The street was void of all buses, so we thought nothing of just crossing in mid-block. After we complained about the steep fee for jaywalking, the officer told us we could challenge this tag. We read the fine print on the ticket, wrote a letter to explain the circumstances, and the situation has since been resolved.
The second incident happened this week. I arrived home to see a police officer behind a vehicle parked illegally in front of my house near a fire hydrant. He asked about the ownership of the truck. I pointed at two possible places to look. He walked to the first house and then we both found the owner at the second house. I was heartened by the kindness of this officer who took the time to locate the owner instead of just issuing a ticket.
This reminds me of officers who visit schools and remind students that police are friends. This is certainly true!
Police officers are also public servants. That means our welfare and safety are their primary concerns (even when they’re issuing tickets for jaywalking or illegal parking!). They deserve much APPLAUSE for being our neighbors, our friends and the guardians of our communities.
(If you know someone who deserves some Applause, send your letters to Pamela Young, MidWeek Applause, KITV, 801 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 96813 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, phone number and, if possible, the phone number of your “applaudee” so we can contact him or her.)
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