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Charlotte newcomer shows 2 Lynx riders the ropes

Sally Butz:This nice Sir Galahad had been living in Charlotte just three weeks at the time of our encounter. He left Boston for a new job in Charlotte. He doesn't own a car and is very accomplished at using public transportation. He helped us purchase our tickets and pointed us in the right direction.
Sally Butz:This nice Sir Galahad had been living in Charlotte just three weeks at the time of our encounter. He left Boston for a new job in Charlotte. He doesn't own a car and is very accomplished at using public transportation. He helped us purchase our tickets and pointed us in the right direction.

Interesting things happen on the way to the ballet.

Due to the generosity of a friend, I had a ticket for the Saturday matinee of “The Little Mermaid” at Knight Theater in March. My cohort for this trip downtown had suggested we ride the Lynx train, thereby avoiding driving and parking issues. It seemed like a great idea.

I drove us to Woodlawn station, parked, and we were off for our adventure. We climbed the stairs to the railway platform and were ready to purchase our tickets. I deposited my money into the machine, but didn’t receive my senior round-trip ticket. I’m not particularly “machine savvy,” and this was only my second time to take the train.

As Jayne and I debated about how to buy our tickets, a nice young man left his seat on the platform to come to our aid. We must have looked like deer in headlights. He told us we looked pretty and that he would be glad to offer assistance.

This nice Sir Galahad had been living in Charlotte just three weeks at the time of our encounter. He’d left Boston for a new job in Charlotte. He doesn’t own a car and is very accomplished at using public transportation. He helped us purchase our tickets and pointed us in the right direction.

The ballet was lovely, but experiencing such kindness from a total stranger – a newcomer to our city – was the best part of my day.

Thanks and gratitude to my new friend, Jad Chahine. You are an asset to our Queen City! Good luck with your new business. I’m sure you will be a great success.

Sally Butz, Charlotte

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Roland Wilkerson

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