Here’s a video that made the Ranger scratch his head. Can kindness actually be offensive? Well, watch this and you’ll see how it almost can!
Obviously this is an ad sponsored by someone-or-other but it’s still interesting to ask yourself if this really is something you’d like to happen to you. The blurb says this:
Normally, little everyday acts of kindness pass with no fanfare. We don’t believe that’s right, so that’s why in August we surprised unsuspecting members of the public who showed a little kindness to strangers. Actors posed as members of public in need of a little help, to see how many people would be kind enough to help. Each person who did was given a huge, over the top kindness’celebration’ and a bottle of champagne to take home. For a few days, those little acts of kindness got the recognition they deserve.
But frankly, if that happened to me after doing some poor dolt a good turn, I’d find that possibly not personally offensive but certainly a bit over the top, as it says, and not really the English way. If you’re doing a favour, it’s a favour, isn’t it? If you expect something back, it’s not a favour. Or is it the end-of-summer feeling making me jaded?