A texting mix-up led to this shining example of the kindness of strangers.
There's nothing worse than the sudden realization that you just accidentally sent a text message to the wrong person. And I'd be totally lying if I said it hasn't happened to me before—more than once.
I know, I know. I need to seriously up my texting game. But I've also been on the receiving end of a few wayward texts—and that's a whole different experience, one that's equal parts engaging and enlightening.
Figuring out how to respond to one of these is all part of the fun! If the message is relatively benign, I'll usually fire off a sheepish "Hey I don't think this was meant for me" and be done with it. But if it's incriminating? Well, then, a surreptitious screenshot is required because duh.
But 17-year-old Jamal Hinton did neither of these things after receiving an SMS invite for Thanksgiving dinner meant for someone else.
"I texted back and I said 'Who is this?'" Hinton told ABC 15. "And she was like, 'It's your grandma.'"
Except that she wasn't, as revealed by the subsequent selfie she sent over. So Hinton replied with a picture of himself to let the sweet lady know she had made a mistake—and then he asked her if he could still come over for Thanksgiving anyway!
The stranger's response came as a surprise. "Of course you can," she wrote. "That's what grandmas do...feed everyone!"
So sweet! In fact, Hinton was so overwhelmed by the random act of kindness, that he took a screenshot of the entire exchange and posted it on Twitter.
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"Somebody grandma is coming in clutch this year!!" he wrote. He forgot to block out the cellphone numbers in his tweet, however, and according to The Arizona Republic, the hospitable granny has since received messages from more than 600 would-be party crashers, asking to join in on the feast!
"Any other person would probably blow me off, and be like, 'No, never text my number again,' but she was actually pretty nice and sweet about it," Hinton told ABC15. "There really are still nice people out in the world."