New Yorkers Rally Around Autistic Man Needing Help

New Yorkers may seem like a brash, uncaring bunch to the rest of the country, but every now and then they do something to prove us wrong. That’s exactly what happened when Andy, who is autistic, reached out for help on Reddit’s AskNYC forum. The 21-year-old was in New York to visit his cousin, who texted him and told him he would meet him at a particular location. Andy wasn’t sure where to wait, so he posted a question: “I’m autistic and feel weird standing in place on the street, so I went to the subway. My cousin hasn’t responded back for 20 minutes, so I’m not sure what to do right now. Is it ok to wait in the subway?" Immediately, user Comprehensive_Ad4689 wrote: “I’m autistic and I feel the same way. It’s totally ok to wait in the train station.” Since his phone was losing battery and he was afraid he would miss a call from his cousin, forum users suggested that he go to a nearby restaurant to charge his phone. It wasn’t long before a few of them showed up to the restaurant to check on Andy and make sure he was okay. Returning to the subway with a fully-charged phone, Andy proceeded to wait, while forum users kept him company via text. Eventually, he heard back from his cousin that he wasn’t going to make it, so Andy had to head home. People from the forum reached out to make sure that Andy made it home okay. “Thanks, everyone, for making me less stressed!” said Andy. Just when you think you have people in the Big Apple figured out, they do something totally out of character.