It takes very little to be kind if you really do want to be so and this story is the biggest proof of that.
Have you ever been stranded out in the middle of nowhere, stuck alone awaiting help and then you suddenly see someone approaching you? Well, something just like that happened to Jo'lee Shine—who goes by @joleeshine on TikTok—and what came next is sure to warm up your heart and make you happy.
In the video Shine posted, she wrote a long caption talking about how she didn't plan to post the video, but she still did it as a way to remind people that there are still good people out there in the world, even in the middle of a storm. Giving some context as to what was up before the video, she tells us that she recently moved to Albany, Georgia and knew no one except Dave. She was on her way back from Atlanta one day when her car broke down in front of a stranger's home. She says she was terrified when someone walked out to talk to her because she thought they'd be a "Karen." However, her interaction with the man taught her to never judge a book by its cover.
The video begins with her talking to somebody named Dave on the phone, explaining her situation when she notices a man coming out of the house her car was broken in front of. When Dave inquires about who the man is, Shine asks him to be quiet while keeping the phone on. She then rolls down her window and explains to the man outside that her car broke down out of nowhere and that she has a tow truck coming to help her. The man expressed his sorry for her discomfort and asked what happened, to which she replied that the car probably ran hot and that she tried to crank it up, but that didn't work.
The man asked her not to do that. He then proceeded to offer to put some water into it, but Shine assured him that not only had she tried it already but also that she had a tow truck coming to her. She elaborated, "It cut off. It completely cut off on its own." The man then inquired where she was heading and she said that she was on her way to North Carolina from Atlanta. She also added that while she didn't know where she was, she had an iPhone and was able to find a tow truck driver online. She stated that she had sent him her location so that he could come and pick her up. The man then asked her how long it would be before the driver came. When she said it would be 30 minutes or so, he promptly let her know that his family would be eating in some time and if she's still here when they're all set up, he would call her in. This resulted in Shine breaking down from the warmth she felt in her heart. After consoling and telling her how he and his family love to entertain, he returned inside.
Once he went, Shine cried further and continued talking to Dave after she realized he was still on call. Explaining to him what just went down, she said that she didn't expect someone to be so nice to her. She assumed that the man would immediately not be okay with the fact that a woman of color would be right outside his home. He, however, was as kind as ever. The woman ended the call by asking the man she was speaking to if he'd seen the movie "Get Out," which resulted in people having a good laugh in the comment section. @walkingingtheparks said, "I was crying until the end you said 'You ever seen Get Out?'" Another user, @backman.amanda, said, "Don't be scared honey. He has true southern hospitality."