Acts of Kindness
Mom finds touching note slipped under door after confronting noisy teens at hotel
Randi Jo Amt was staying in a hotel because her family's home was destroyed by water damage and the noisy teens were keeping her awake. So, she decided to say something to them. That's when they responded back with a note.
Jenny Brown
09.22.21

After a long day of travel or work, all you want to do is get a good’s night rest. And when you’re staying at a hotel, you expect to have some peace and quiet.

Randi Jo Amt is a mom who knows this frustration first hand. This Indiana native experienced this exhaustion one evening when staying in a hotel with her family.

This mom would give anything for some quiet, but there were noisy teenagers being loud in the hallway

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Randi Jo was just as annoyed as any other person would be, but instead of just opening the door and yelling at them, she decided to take a different approach.

Not everyone who stays in a hotel is there for vacation and for the Amt family they weren’t at the hotel because they wanted to be. They were displaced due to a flooding issue in their home, so naturally, they were dealing with a lot of adversity and stress.

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Randi Jo dives more in-depth on a Facebook post :

“I was frustrated, but wanted to wait to talk to them when I could tell them about our situation to see if they could show compassion rather than become angry at the lady next door.”

These teens are members of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) from Kansas.

She didn’t see them the next morning to chat about her grievances, though. These members had traveled to Indiana for a convention.

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The mother had seen that the teens’ room doors were slightly open, so she took the opportunity to talk to them.

“I let them know about our house being destroyed by water. I told them that we wanted them to have their fun and we would appreciate their respect to let our kids get good rest. The young man who answered the door told me that he was very sorry about what we are going through.”

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Randi Jo went back to her hotel room after talking with the group of teens. A little while later, she was left stunned by their next move.

She wrote on Facebook:

“Before I went to bed, I noticed a note that someone had slipped under our door. I opened the note to find money.”

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The teens had tucked $40 into a folded piece of paper that contained a nice apology message.

It said:

“We are more than sorry for waking you and your family up the past few nights. We hope everything goes well with your house.”

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The Amts were blown away by the FFA members’ kind-hearted gesture.

Randi Jo decided to share the story on Facebook where it quickly went viral. She concluded her post praising the teens.

“In a world where some people sit behind screens and become angry on social media, this young man restored my faith that the next generation can make eye contact and show compassion to the person right in front of him … They set an excellent example for my children and their parents should be more than proud.”

***Update: these kids are from the Eureka, Kansas FFA chapter***Day 9This note is a sign of hope for me. A couple of…

Posted by Randi Jo Amt onSaturday, October 28, 2017

The youngsters were amazed after their act spread across the internet. WTHR even had the chance to interview the group. One of the teens, Tanner Wells, explained:

“I just thought we could do something for them that I think could change their day, brighten up their day a little bit.”

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The Amts ended up paying it forward and put the money towards the homeless.

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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