Stranger’s Kindness On Train Captured In Viral Photo

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

A subway rider snapped this picture of two complete strangers — and the photo immediately went viral because of its symbolism.

The photographer wrote on Reddit, “Heading home on the Q train yesterday when this young African American guy nods off on the shoulder of a Jewish man. The man doesn’t move a muscle, just lets him stay there. After a minute, I asked the man if he wanted me to wake the kid up, but he shook his head and responded, ‘He must have had a long day, let him sleep. We’ve all been there, right?’ “

Sometimes it’s just pure luck when a kind act is captured for all to see, like when this waitress overheard a grieving couple’s conversation and bought them dinner.

The man who let the exhausted stranger take comfort on his shoulder was Isaac Theil. He believes the picture may have went viral because the two men — on the surface — appear to be so different.

However, for Theil, he would have done it for anybody. “There is only one reason that I didn’t move, and let him continue sleeping, and that has nothing to do with race. He was simply a human being who was exhausted, and I knew it and happened to be there and have a big shoulder to offer him,” he says. “I would love for people to use this as a lesson to just be good to each other.”

See more of this amazing story of empathy and compassion below.

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