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  • The woman seemed genuine. That was his first impression.

    When she approached him on Monday evening outside the station she certainly had the look of someone who needed help. She explained that she was frantic and had to get to Colliers Wood to collect her daughter. The machine had swallowed her bank card and she had no money.

    Everyone else has ignored me, she said.

    She offered her mobile phone number and her passport as proof that she was genuine.

    He thought he recognised someone in need.

    She promised to call him the next day and arrange to pay him back.

    He smiled and knew that if she did get in touch he would simply tell her to keep the money. An act of human kindness.

    That was last night.

    Sadly, I’m still waiting for the call.
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