Coming back to a damaged vehicle is one of a driver’s worst fears. Stuart Edge could certainly relate to that, after he found a note on his windshield from Sydnee, a woman who confessed to bumping his car in May 2014. However, he then decided to set up a surprise for her.
Parking lots can be hazardous places for certain drivers, as they must navigate their vehicle into a confined space without hitting any of the surrounding cars. That task can be made even harder though, if a fellow motorist has parked poorly. Sydnee faced that particular problem in May 2014, leading to an unfortunate mistake.
As the young woman attempted to park up, she needed to account for the badly positioned car to her left. However, by doing so, she accidentally bumped the vehicle to her right. Concerned, Sydnee then wrote a note explaining what happened, leaving it on the windshield of the car she had hit.
Unknown to her though, that car belonged to YouTube personality Edge, who had just finished shooting a video that day. With the camera crew still by his side, he discovered the note when returning to his vehicle. After checking the damage, Edge then decided to film a video about the incident and his subsequent plan for Sydnee.
A resident of Salt Lake City, Utah, Edge joined YouTube in September 2012. Since then, he’s produced a variety of hugely popular videos, ranging from the comedic to the inspiring. As a result of that, Edge’s channel now has more than 2.4 million subscribers, with his content earning more than 307 million views.
Indeed, Edge’s most popular video, titled “Mistletoe Kissing Prank (ORIGINAL),” has earned more than 28 million views since being posted in December 2012. In the time since then, the YouTuber has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, while he’s also been acknowledged by celebrities such as Justin Bieber and Chris Pratt on social media.
However, of all the videos on his channel, few would’ve been as spontaneous and quick-witted as the post about Sydnee’s note. With the sun beaming down on the parking lot, Edge concocted a plan to surprise the young woman and captured the results on camera.
The video opens with a quick introduction by Edge, before he explains the situation. “We just got done shooting and came to my car, and we saw this note,” he says. “It said, ‘I tried to pull into the spot next to you, but the person on the left side was parked horribly. In the process, I scratched the back left side of your car.’”
From there, the camera cuts to a shot of a fairly small scratch, leading Edge to point it out with his little finger. “This is the damage,” he says somewhat sarcastically. “As you can see, it’s horrible. I mean, look at this! Not really, it’s not bad at all.”
“Please contact me, and we can get it taken care of,” the note concludes. With that in mind, the YouTuber had an interesting idea for Sydnee, hailing her sincerity for what happened. “I was like, ‘Hey this is a very honest person, let’s reward them for their honesty,’” Edge says.
Edge then lays out his idea, bringing in one of his pals to play an important role. “The plan is to have Jenica, our friend over here who’s pregnant with a baby,” he explains. “Have her call Sydnee, and then Sydnee’s gonna be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I hit a woman’s car!’”
The video then cuts to Jenica calling the young woman, telling her that she found her note on the car. “Oh my gosh!” Sydnee replies. “Hi. I am seriously so sorry, after it happened I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, this is the worst!’” After that conversation, Edge then outlines the rest of his plan.
“So [Sydnee] thinks she’s going to go to Aggie Ice Cream, meeting up with a woman,” Edge explains. “I’m already going to be there, and so when she shows up, I’m just gonna like, start having a conversation with her. Be like, ‘How’s your day been, and what happened today?’”
From there, the video cuts to a shot of Edge sat outside the ice cream store, with Sydnee taking a seat at the table next to him. He starts to talk to her, asking why she’s there. “Well, I hit this girl’s car today, so I have to give insurance information,” she says.
The YouTuber then takes a seat at Sydnee’s table, asking if she’s ever hit a car before. “No, I’m an excellent driver,” she responds. “It was dumb.” From there, Edge suggests that damage like that could cost around $200 to fix, leading him to commend her for her integrity.
“I’m hoping that, just because I was honest that nothing can come from it,” Sydnee explains. “But, I’ll feel better about myself anyways.” With Edge sat across from her, he then reiterates his appreciation for honesty, before taking an envelope out of his pocket containing $200. He puts it on the table and pushes it in Sydnee’s direction. “That should take care of it,” the YouTuber says.
After reassuring her that she can take the money, the pair share a warm embrace, before Edge comes clean. “You hit my car!” he reveals, pointing out the hidden cameras outside the store. Shocked, Sydnee jokingly pushes him away and insists that she can’t accept the cash now, noting the damage she did.
“It’s like that big,” Edge responds, showing her that it was only a small scratch. “I promise.” Jenica then makes her presence known, sharing a hug with a relieved Sydnee. After that, the video ends with the pair reflecting on what happened. “You hit the right person’s car today!” he jokes, to which Sydnee replies “I really did!”
The video, titled “Paying The Girl Who Hit My Car,” was posted on YouTube in May 2014, earning more than 6.2 million views in that time. It’s proven to be one of Edge’s most popular uploads, with his generosity and Sydnee’s sincerity clearly striking a cord with an online audience.
As a driver, there are few things worse than discovering that your vehicle has been damaged. Knowing that, Sydnee left a note on Stuart Edge’s car after hitting it. However, not even she could’ve predicted what that simple act of honesty would get her by the end of that day.