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Elderly Samaritan refunds robbed teenagers

Published: 05 Aug 2010 14:22 GMT+02:00
Updated: 05 Aug 2010 14:22 GMT+02:00

The local Borås Tidning (BT) daily reported on Wednesday the story of the girlfriends who had worked all summer to save enough money to travel together to Turkey only to have their wallet stolen while in the bank.

While they were coming to terms with the end of their travel dreams the girls - Denise Friberg, Martina Bloch and Johanna Bildkvist - were contacted by the pensioner who offered to replace the money.

"It is fantastic. It is hardly as if one can believe that it is true," Martina Bloch told the newspaper.

The man, who requested to remain anonymous, told the newspaper that while he comes from a poor working-class background is now fairly well off and in a position to help.

"I got so angry and sad when I heard that someone could do something like this. I have no children of my own and have the means to help the girls," the man said.

Martina Bloch revealed that the man was not alone in offering to help and that they have turned down other offers of money now that their trip is paid for.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

15:53 August 5, 2010 by Shanie
Nice auld fella :)
17:19 August 5, 2010 by eddie123
this is what being a community entails... sticking out for one another... how sad that them girls were robbed in a bank. it is great learning that a kind pensioner volunteered to pay for their summer trip... welldone great pensioner.
17:36 August 5, 2010 by Nathan
Well done grand pa :=)

Let's with him health and happiness
17:50 August 5, 2010 by G Kin
Nice old man.

I just hope the teenagers in return have some regards and respect for the elderly :(
17:59 August 5, 2010 by eZee.se
Stories like these help me regain my faith in humanity.

Sadly, we see more greed and backstabbing (like from the record and movie industries) than stories like these.
20:18 August 5, 2010 by villjobba
Only in Sweden!
20:33 August 5, 2010 by vicarno
Your milk of human kindness will surely give you good health till over 100 yrs grand pa.
20:39 August 5, 2010 by billyb362
G Kin - I second that sentiment
01:05 August 6, 2010 by occassional
Hope the lowlife who stole the money reads this!
09:30 August 6, 2010 by concha de tu puta madre
Hope they have the decency to at least send him a postcard from their vacation spot. Though I admit I am not putting too much hope in that ever happening considering Swedes very poor track record in showing gratitude. ;-)
14:50 August 6, 2010 by countrysidedrive
What a nice person. Good Karma. Someday he will be the receiver of kindness. Well done.
19:47 August 6, 2010 by old git
puta madre better to not say anything than that- even with your smiley....and I'm not Swedish
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