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Facebook user captures elderly woman’s act of compassion

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Posted at 8:18 AM, Feb 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-08 08:33:10-05

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — An elderly woman’s act of compassion has attracted attention on social media. A Facebook user said a man was suffering from a mental health or drug abuse problem on a train and was acting aggressively toward the other passengers.

The Facebook user said the man was shouting and cursing at other people, and moving erratically.

Other passengers, who were scared, kept their distance. But one 70-year-old woman went a different route. She reached out her hand, and the man grabbed hold of it. He began to calm down and eventually sat down quietly, next to her. The Facebook user said tears eventually began to form in the man’s eyes.

The user spoke to the woman after everything happened. She told him she simply knew what was wrong.

“I’m a mother and he needed someone to touch,” she said. She then began to cry.

The user said, “don’t fear or judge the stranger on the bus: life does not provide equal welfare for all its residents.”