How Canadians Assisted A Tourist Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

"We have been up half the night trying to rectify this problem but all car hire places say the same," the tourist's sister pleaded on Facebook.

Everyone knows Canada is full of compassionate folk, and this story backs up the notion beautifully.

St. John's, Newfoundland, locals pooled their resources to lend a hand to an Australian tourist who was left without transportation on the island after a deal with a rental car company fell through, VOCM reports.

Shayne O'Brien had reportedly paid for a Budget rental car via his travel agent. When he arrived to the island, however, he only had his Visa debit card, and not his credit card. The company wouldn't accept the debit card, and although O'Brien tried a number of methods to solve the issue — including asking the company to perform a credit check and having his wife send pictures of his credit card back home — the business wouldn't budge.

O'Brien said he felt hopeless, and he even contemplated returning home, as detailed in a Facebook post by his sister to the St. John's, Newfoundland, Facebook page:

"Is there anyone there that may have any suggestions at all so he can travel around to follow his itinerary?" Jodie Burns asked in the post. "Anything would be helpful at this stage."

VOCM reports this sparked a chain of reactions, and locals put their heads together to assist the poor fellow, whose dream was to see the icebergs.

And see the icebergs, he did:

"Many other kind people of St John's and outer areas have offered to drive me around," O'Brien wrote on Facebook. "I am on cloud 9 at the moment."

There's hope for humanity, yet. 

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