Praises kind people of Ridgecrest

To the Editor:

I moved to Ridgecrest in 1991. In the 22 years living in Ridgecrest, I have had three wonderful experiences.

One: Approximately 14 years ago, I lost my wallet containing important cards such as Social Security, Medicare, driver’s license, etc., plus a sufficient amount of money. The next day, I got a call from the police department, telling me to come pick up my wallet. I was told that the man who turned it in found the wallet at a mini-market on Ridgecrest Boulevard. The man who found my wallet and turned it in to the police refused to accept a reward that I offered.

Two: The second experience I had was about 10 years ago, within a few days before Christmas. As I was about to pay cash for the few groceries I bought at Stater Brothers, I found myself short two dollars. The man behind me immediately gave the cashier the two dollars. I wanted to get his address so I could return the money, but he said to just consider it as a small Christmas gift.

Three: The third experience happened only one week ago. As I was leaving Saint Ann Church’s dining annex with an order of fish fry in my left hand and my cane (due to a bad knee) in my right hand, a man asked me if I needed help. I thanked him and said it wasn’t necessary. The irony of this was that he was very much overweight at a short height of about 5 feet 6 inches and possibly in his 60s and having a very difficult time walking. Yet, he was offering to help me.

In my 91 years and nine months of my present lifetime, I have never witnessed such wonderful experiences except in Ridgecrest. If this is an example of the kind people in Ridgecrest, then I must say you and I are very fortunate to live in Ridgecrest.

I’m sure there are very kind people in other towns that can be told. I’m only mentioning my experience.

Stanley Karotis

Story First Published: 2013-03-20