After This Mom Stood Up To Noisy Teens In Her Hotel, She Found An Unexpected Message In Her Room

Randi Jo Amt and her family were exhausted by the time they reached their hotel. Needless to say, it was an unwelcome surprise to hear loud teenagers in the hallway, so she asked them to quiet down. Then, she found a message from them in her room.

Amt, a substitute teacher and professional photographer, lived in Indianapolis, Indiana, with her family of five. She, Jon, her husband, and their three children – Keldon, Rylee and Jon – had just returned from a family vacation in October of 2017.

Rather than falling back into the routine of day-to-day life, though, the Amt family were faced with an unexpected twist of events. “We came home to our house completely flooded with water,” Randi told Fox 59 News in Indianapolis.

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While the Amts were away, one of the toilets in their house broke. The break caused a leak so bad that their family home was almost destroyed. They were left with no other choice but to check into a hotel while their property was repaired and restored, a task that would take several weeks.

Although the Amts had a roof over their heads, the family still felt the strain caused by the water damage. And, after a particularly long day, their exhaustion came to a head when the kids couldn’t get to sleep for an unexpected reason.

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Amt wrote in a Facebook post, “A couple of nights ago, I was so tired from everything we’ve been through with our toilet breaking and our house flooding. We were getting back to the hotel fairly late after the hour-long round-trip drive to Boy Scouts and basketball practice.”

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For those reasons, Amt and her husband did their best to get their children to sleep as soon as possible. However, “teenagers were loud in the hallway for a while,” the mom-of-three wrote. She admitted that at that moment, she was frustrated by their behavior.

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Randi told Indianapolis’ WTHR News, “I […] wanted to go out and tell them, ‘Quiet down! We have kids trying to sleep in here!’” However, the mom-of-three held off. She wanted to talk to the teens when she was in a better frame of mind. Indeed, the mom-of-three hoped that she could speak to them with kindness – and hopefully receive the same in response.

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Randi didn’t see any of the teenagers the next morning when she went to eat breakfast, but her son spotted them. He reported that all of them wore jackets emblazoned with the word ‘Kansas.’ Randi then realized they were part of the F.F.A. convention happening in town that weekend.

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Although the organization once brought together the country’s aspiring farmers – F.F.A. stands for Future Farmers of America – they broadened their scope in the late 1990s. Now, students with all different dreams join F.F.A. to learn leadership and career-building skills through agricultural education.

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Knowing the loud neighbors were leaders-in-training could well have made it easier for Amt to make her next move. The day after she heard the teenagers in the hallway, she noticed that their hotel room door was slightly ajar

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It was then that Amt felt ready to speak to the group about their noise level. “I said, ‘I know you’re in town for the F.F.A. convention and we want you to have fun while you’re here. But you were a little loud last night and you woke up my kids. I was just hoping you could be a little quieter tonight,’” she recalled.

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Amt also told the teens all that her family had endured with their flooded house. With that, the F.F.A. members instantly showed their compassion. “The young man who answered the door told me he was very sorry about what we are going through,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

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But the exchange was far from over. A little while later, as Amt prepared to go to bed, she noticed something – someone had slipped a note under the door. When she opened it, she couldn’t believe what she saw.

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The message said, “We are more than sorry for waking you and your family up the past few nights. We hope everything goes well with your new house.” The teens had also enclosed $40 inside of the note.

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The mother-of-three was stunned by the teens’ generosity. “In a world where some people sit behind screens and become angry on social media, this young man restored my faith that the next generation can make eye contact and show compassion to the person right in front of him,” Randi wrote.

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The F.F.A. students and the Amts crossed paths again the next morning. This meant that the family was able to thank the teenagers for their kind gesture. The teens said they had learned their ways from the convention they were attending.

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Randi’s husband told WTHR news, “They passed these cards out to all the kids and said, ‘Go find somebody in need and do something for them. [And then] give them the card so they can pay it forward.’” Upon hearing that, the Amts followed suit.

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The Amts decided to funnel the $40 into a greater donation drive to raise money for the homeless. Once their fundraiser ended, the family of five said they’d either give the cash directly to the community, or buy them the items they needed, like warm mittens and hats.

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For the Amts, the whole experience highlighted just how much they had, even if their house was momentarily in disrepair. The mom-of-three said, “We still have a roof over our heads, even if we’re in a hotel. There are a lot of people that don’t. We realize how blessed we are.”

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