It’s a classic example of what every young person is taught to do: when you see an elderly person struggling to safely cross the street, you offer to help. Sometimes, however, the problem isn’t just in crossing the street. Sometimes the reasoning isn’t necessarily clear… unless you ask.

So when a young real estate agent noticed an elderly lady clinging to a lamp post, he knew something was wrong—but he didn’t quite know what.

The young man did what any good Samaritan would do: he approached her. But when he discovered why she was so nervous to cross, he couldn’t believe it.

One day in late February 2017, Dan Barnett—a 25-year-old real estate agent in Walton-on-Thames in Surrey England—noticed an elderly woman clinging to a lamp post outside his office. He immediately rushed outside to see if he could help her out.

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Dan told a news reporter that he approached the 96-year-old woman, named Joanie, and asked, “Are you alright? Do you need a hand?” He added, “Her eyes lit up as she said ‘yes please.'”

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That’s when Dan discovered the reason why Joanie couldn’t cross the street: “She’s only popped out for a pint of milk and some Werther’s Originals but she got out of breath in the wind, she was clinging to the lamppost because she was scared she would get blown into the road.”

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Storm Doris, which hit Walton-on-Thames on February 23, 2017, generated 60 mile-per-hour winds, with a wind gust as strong as 94 miles per hour in Wales.

Dan offered to walk Joanie to her cottage five minutes away as his coworker filmed his act of kindness from their office window.

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Dan recalled, “She said she wouldn’t have gotten home without me but I was just happy to help out.” He put an arm around her and off they went.

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Joanie was so grateful to Dan that she stopped by his office the following day and thanked him with a box of chocolates. It looks like the two have become fast friends!

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Thankfully, Dan was in the right place at the right time to help Joanie.  Not to mention, he made a friend and acquired a chocolate prize! Storm Doris certainly wasn’t anything to sniff at. Next time, it might be best to call a friend before venturing out into treacherous weather!

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