Commuters on a Winnipeg bus Tuesday morning became unexpected witnesses to an incredible act of kindness.
According to CBC News, the bus driver pulled over on a corner and began chatting with a homeless man on the street. After a couple of minutes, he removed his shoes and gave them to the barefoot young man. The driver then got back on the bus in his socks and carried on with his route.
Yahoo news noted that it was particularly cold that morning -- about 41 degrees; The bus driver yelled, 'Hey buddy!' as he braved the cold weather and got off the bus.
"I was thinking, ‘Oh no, there’s a problem or maybe he’s waiting for someone who’s running to catch the bus.’ Then he stepped off," passenger Denise Campbell recounted to CBC News.
Commuters sat in stunned silence, according to another passenger's account on Community New Commons, as they watched the encounter through the bus windows.
When the bus driver returned without his shoes and started the bus again, one of the passengers told the driver that his random act of kindness was one of the most amazing things she'd ever seen, asking him why he did it.
He replied, "I couldn't stand seeing someone walking barefoot in this temperature like this," according to Campbell. "He said, ‘I just saw him walking and thought, ‘Hey, I could do something’," she added.
"There wasn’t a dry eye on the bus. All the passengers were moved by this bold and selfless gesture," one passenger commented.
Winnipeg Transit director Dave Wardrop issued a statement on Tuesday commending the generous driver but did not identity the man who is described as being in his mid-20s and very polite.
"We have all been struck by the generosity and kindness of this Winnipeg Transit bus operator," Wardrop said in the statement. "It serves as a reminder of the compassion and commitment demonstrated by City of Winnipeg employees throughout the community on a daily basis."
Watch Cambell's eye-witness account of that Tuesday morning bus ride in the video below, courtesy of CBC News.