Sam Arshad, Co-owner of Street Cars Manchester, was driving past the area when he heard screaming. Police told him (and the many other cars caught in gridlock) what was happening and that they'd need to evacuate the area. Arshad immediately contacted his drivers and asked them to pick up as many people in need of rides home or to the hospital as possible. He also asked them to turn their meters off while doing so. Arshad reportedly told his drivers:
This is our city, at the end of the day … money's not everything, do you know what I mean?
All of them agreed.
As a Muslim, Arshad was well aware of the conclusions many would jump to before any details about the suspected bomber's identity were released. In his words:
So, if I can do a gesture of this kind, and the majority of my drivers are Muslim, it just shows that we're not all what you make us out to be.
Even in our darkest moments, there are always people trying to help. Keep the faith, everyone.
H/T - Cosmopolitan, Twitter