Driver Says “Thanks” to Unknown Motorcyclist Who Tried to Close Fuel Door

September 20, 2013 10:43 am · 27 comments

This is nice. It happened last night on highway-242 in Concord.

This came from a fellow Claycordian….

An appreciative shout-out to the motorcyclist who tried to close my suddenly wonky fuel door as we exited 242 tonight! It’s good to know there are still people out there willing to lend a hand to someone, even without them asking!

That’s nice to hear. There are lots of good people out there!

A nice gesture... September 20, 2013 at 10:53 AM

but a bit risky for the motorcyclist.

I had a similar experience once while riding my motorcycle. I noticed a woman’s purse on her car roof as she was driving. At the next light I squeezed in between cars and waved to get her attention. Apparently she misinterpreted my intentions, probably due to my scruffy appearance, and proceeded into a tirade of obscenities and bird-flipping. The light changed and we went our separate ways.

anon September 20, 2013 at 11:01 AM

He was probs kicking your car because you were crowding his lane.

TJ September 20, 2013 at 11:12 AM

agree with anon #2…. are you sure he was closing the fuel door or perhaps he was simply too close to you and hit the door when passing? Sounds kind of odd for a motorcyclist to try to do a random act of kindness like that?

Julie September 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM

It’s nice to read some people still care…..

Mac September 20, 2013 at 11:31 AM

@ A nice gesture
There are people out there, that think only Hells Angels ride motorcycles.
And they hate anyone who sits or rides on a bike.
I know exactly what you are saying.

There are a large percentage of people in cars that hate anything on 2 wheels.
Sad but true…..( the less they know about them, the more they hate them )

Shelley September 20, 2013 at 11:32 AM

@ TJ-#3

I don’t think it’s odd at all to close the fuel door while driving by on a motorcycle. You’re right there!

If you think random acts of kindness are “odd”, you’ve obviously never done one. You’re a jerk!

happy September 20, 2013 at 11:41 AM

it was nice

no handle September 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Can not tell you how many times I have split between the lanes up to a person to let then know they had no brake lights.

Definition of "Wonky" September 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Descriptive of people who poo-poo a random act of kindness. Used in a sentence.. Posters #2 (anon) and #3 (TJ) are wonky.

stella September 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM

That’s wonderful-could have been a hazard. 🙂 lol anon-he was probably just being nice.

Incognito September 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

@TJ #3
Obviously, you don’t know what it means to “pay it forward” – that’s a shame.

Anon2you September 20, 2013 at 12:04 PM

I was at a 4 way Stop the other morning, and a lady in front of me had her gas door open and the gas cap off and hanging out the side…I honked and leaned out the window to tell her. She got all pissed off that I was honking at her and though I couldn’t hear her, I could see in her mirror that I was getting very dirty looks to kill. I pointed to the back of her car, and she just kept up with the “universal” WTF shoulder shrug. Finally after pointing and shouting “your gas cap is off”…She finally looked in the side view mirror and saw it. She pulled over, but never thanked me or waved or anything. She just kind of had that pissed off facial expression like I caused a big hassle in her life. Gee sorry I tried to help you lady was my thought of the day!

Nice effort by driver to be appreciative! September 20, 2013 at 12:17 PM

I appreciate the effort the driver has put out to express her appreciation!

Beeper September 20, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I try to do a random act of kindness every time I am out. yesterday there was an elderly woman at the store who was having a hard time getting to the handicapped checkout lane, so I offered to push her there; she was very thankful.

Mac September 20, 2013 at 12:26 PM

See what i mean TJ is one of those people who hate motorcycle riders.
I bet it`s because he doesn`t know how to ride one. (most times it is)

Don`t be mad at a group of people for doing something your unable to do.
Just sounds like you are jealous to some. (like me)

Like motorcycle riders can`t be nice.
Believe me, there are just as many a$$holes driving a car or truck, then there is on motorcycles.
And i`ll bet you that a motorcycle rider would stop and help you out, a lot more often then a person driving a car or pick up truck would.

Me too September 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM

I’ve done the exact same thing (closed somebody’s gas door while riding a motorcycle). I’m pretty sure they never even noticed that I did it (or that it was even open, probably).

Another thing I’ve done a couple of times is ride next to a car and pet the dog that has it’s head hanging out the window. Talk about some funny looks, lol. And no, I’ve never been bitten doing that.

TJ September 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Whoa, calm down guys. For your information I am a STRONG advocate of random acts of kindness, and make an effort to do something random at least once a day…… I just thought this was a bit strange because it was on the freeway, it was hard for me to picture someone doing that as it may have been unsafe, thats all. Way to lash out at someone you don’t know.

Video Related to Subject September 20, 2013 at 12:57 PM
@Shelly # 6 September 20, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Why don’t you do us all a Random act of Kindnes and stfu!

SpraythenAim September 20, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Just because people ride motorcycles does not make them a bad person, you just think they are because YOU “wouldnt dare ride a death machine.”

Laurel September 20, 2013 at 2:45 PM

Ok, so I don’t usually post on Claycord with my “real name” but today I will!!

Mayor, I didn’t expect to see this on here! But am glad to see something POSITIVE shared on a Friday!

For the quarter mile before the exit from 242, the bike seemed strangely close to my back end, especially as there was no one in the lane next to me. As we approached the exit I was racking my brain to figure out if I knew anyone on a white bike who might be being “silly.”

At the stop light is when he braked, leaned over, tried to close the door fully, failed and pulled up. I told him “I appreciate you!!” and he responded with “I thought I’d try!” Gave me a little wave and headed off.

Was great seeing someone go out of their way to be kind. And glad to see that some of the “do a good turn daily” team are posting today as well! 🙂

Paying it forward is always a good idea when you can do it safely. Now time to step off of my soapbox and back to homework!!


Buck Million September 20, 2013 at 2:54 PM

During the fire a couple weeks ago I left a friends home in Clayton on my motorcycle forgetting I had set my iPhone on my saddle bags. It fell in the middle of Clayton Rd near CVS in Clayton at 10:00 PM. A Brentwood City employee found it on his way home and called my home phone but I wasn’t at home. So he went through my contacts and found my Dads number and called him who coincidentally I was in route to in Danville). I walked into my Dads home at 10:45 PM and he told me this guy just called with my phone so I called him right back. Not only was he nice enough to find a way to contact me but he waited at his yard after a long day at work for me to drive out there and retrieve it at 11:30PM. I wish I knew his name. I want to thank him again if he reads this and to let the city of Brentwood know they have a great honest employee working for them.

The second part of this story is that my phone was in an Otterbox case (Defender Series). It appeared to be driven over as the top of the case was broken but phone was in perfect condition. I e-mailed Otterbox and told them what had happened more of a testimonial than a warranty claim. Within an hour they e-mailed me back and wanted 2 pictures of the case. One of the damage and one of the vinyl cover showing the stamp that authenticated the date and that it was made by Otterbox. A few hours later I was sent a FedEx tracking number for the shipping of a free replacement.

Thank You Otterbox and to the Brentwood City employee!

Claire September 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM

@ anon and TJ—-You are both STUPID!

Incognito September 20, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Since we’re on the subject of Random Acts of Kindness… I’d like to share this story.

About a month ago on a Saturday, my husband returns home from running some errands. He proceeds to tell me while he was on Clayton Road he notices a very elderly woman walking down the sidewalk and what appeared to him to be toward a bus stop. He said he watched her while he was a stop light. Not only was she elderly, but she was having problems walking and was pushing a box on the ground in front of her with her feet. Light turns green, my husband starts moving forward in traffic… thought about the woman again, then made a U-turn when he could and went back to where the woman was. He pulled over when he could, got out of his truck and asked the woman if he could help. She was headed to the bus stop like he thought. My husband picked up her box and walked her to the bus stop. He said in the short distance he learned she had come over here from another country to be with her family, and her husband had recently passed away.

I could tell my husband felt good inside after he helped the woman out and the woman was very appreciative.

Ralph M. September 20, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I agree with Shelley!

TJ, you need to STFU! Anon, you are a moron too!

Incognito, your husband sounds like a nice guy. Everyone should do random acts of kindness. You’ll feel better about yourself….

Lydia September 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Many years ago south of Antioch on Hwy 4 I had car trouble and the only person who would stop was a guy on a motorcycle. He was on his way to Clayton or Danville to take his mother, who owned a knitting store out to dinner. He instead gave me his license and drove me back to my parents home. He went with my father to where my car was, worked on my car and got it working. Nice guy. I would like to say thank you again

X-Motorcycle Rider September 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM

@Video Related to Subject
Cool Video.

@Everyone Else
It’s 1/2 good deed for the day. And 1/2 challenge to see if it can be done.

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