This is all the proof we need that karma is real.
On the photo blog Humans of New York — which captures everyday New Yorkers and shares their stories — photographer Brandon Stanton shared the story of one lucky NYC taxi driver whose chance encounter with Tom Hanks will undoubtedly bring a smile to your face.
The cabbie starts his tale by saying how he picked up a man who asked to go to 74th Street, but he turned him down because that’s too far away when his shift is about to end. But then he starts to feel bad and tells the guy to hop in because, in his words, “hey—I got a conscience.”
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“So I call him back to the cab and tell him to hop in. And he gets in the car all excited, all animated, and he’s talking about all these things,” the driver shared.
At this point, the 58-year-old’s cap is still covering his eyes — but after chatting all the way to 74th Street, he begins to recognize his voice and realizes the man in his car is none other than the Academy Award winner.
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“And when we get to a light, I turn to him, and I look him in the eye, and I scream, ‘WIIIIIIILLLSSSSSOOOOOOON!!!’ And that really got him. He started laughing hard,” the cab driver gushed.
“He sees that I’ve got this Ferrari hat on, and a Ferrari shirt too, so he starts calling me ‘Mr. Ferrari.’ The whole ride, he keeps calling me Mr. Ferrari.’ So after we get to his destination, we snap a quick photo, and he goes on his way. And I think that’s it.”
But the story gets even more interesting, as “Mr. Ferrari” explained he kept picking people up who were randomly connected to Tom — such as costars and other people who have worked with him before. And he always told them “tell Mr. Hanks that Mr. Ferrari says ‘Hello.’”
“Then one day I’m driving, and I get a text from one of the people that I’d driven and it says, ‘Mr. Hanks wants to invite you to see his Broadway show,’” he told Brandon.
“So I bring my lady to the show and we get to go backstage and everything, and after the show, we’re waiting for him in his dressing room, and he walks in and screams: ‘Mr. Ferrari!’
"Can you believe that story? And wanna know the craziest thing? The name of his show was ‘Lucky Guy.’ How crazy is that? ‘Cause that was me. A lucky guy!”
Hey, we didn’t think it was possible… But we officially love Tom Hanks even more.