Acts of Kindness

Elderly Woman Takes Action With Belligerent Man On Subway

October 29th, 2020

A lot of people go about their daily lives not stopping to see the beauty around them.

But one man from British Columbia was so moved by a stranger’s “incredible” act, that he decided to take out his phone and snap a photo.

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Facebook/Ehab Taha Source: Facebook/Ehab Taha

Ehab Taha was riding the SkyTrain in Vancouver when another passenger, a six-foot-five guy, caught his attention. In fact, everyone on the train noticed him too…

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He was being aggressive and scaring other riders.

According to Taha, the guy was swearing, yelling, and moving erratically on the train. From what it seemed, he was either suffering from mental health problems or drug addiction (or both), which was causing his wild behavior.

All the people around the guy were uncomfortable and fearful of him. Yet, there was one elderly woman who was not.

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She was like an angel.

The 70-year-old woman didn’t cower away from the guy. Instead, she reached her hand out to him and waited until he grabbed it. Amazingly, he took the stranger’s hand – then sat by her side.

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Holding onto the woman’s hand helped calm the rowdy passenger down.

The pair sat together for 20 minutes with their hands intertwined. From what Taha noticed, the guy eventually had “tears in his eyes” during the ride.

Seeing the kindhearted woman’s act touched Taha’s soul. He was hesitant at first about taking a photo – but he ended up deciding to capture the beautiful moment.

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Facebook/Ehab Taha Source: Facebook/Ehab Taha

Taha later shared the photo on Facebook along with details about the memorable incident.

He wrote:

“I saw the most incredible display of humanity on the sky train. A six foot five man suffering from drug abuse and\or mental health issues was being very aggressive on the bus with erratic movements, cursing, shouting, etc. While everyone was scared, this one seventy year old woman reached out her hand, tightly gripping his hand until he calmed down, sat down silently, with eventual tears in his eyes.”

A little while later they reached the guy’s stop. Taha told CTV News that he said “Thanks, Grandma” before walking away.

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After the guy left the train, Taha decided to approach the elderly stranger.

While speaking with Taha about her reason for holding the passenger’s hand, she began to cry. Turns out, the woman had two sons that were approximately his age, and she felt that he needed a comforting touch.

Taha wrote on Facebook:

“I spoke to the woman after this incident and she simply said, “I’m a mother and he needed someone to touch.” And she started to cry. Don’t fear or judge the stranger on the bus: life does not provide equal welfare for all its residents.”

I saw the most incredible display of humanity on the sky train. A six foot five man suffering from drug abuse and\or…

Posted by Ehab Taha on Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ehab Taha’s Facebook post went viral in and it currently has over 61K shares.

During his interview with CTV News, he said that he “thought she was an angel.” He also told the reporter:

“When you put others before yourself it’s an incredible act.”

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It’s a story that’s warming hearts all over the internet. Press play below to hear Taha speak about what happened that day for yourself!

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Source: Facebook/Ehab Taha, CTV News, CTV News

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