Man's act of kindness after finding someone asleep on his couch

A fisherman in a New Zealand coastal town woke to find a young stranger making a bed out of his couch, but instead if kicking the intruder out, the homeowner let him sleep.

Gordon Pryor, 60, woke just before sunrise on Saturday to the sound of someone entering his unlocked rural home in Mangawhai.

He watched the young man settle down on the couch, pulling a bean bag over himself for warmth.

A New Zealand man left an intruder to sleep on his couch while posting pictures on Facebook to find out who he was. Source: Facebook
A New Zealand man left an intruder to sleep on his couch while posting pictures on Facebook to find out who he was. Source: Facebook

Rather than interrupt him, the homeowner let the young man sleep despite his eldest son, a policeman, informing him the visitor had broken the law.

He said it would have been easier to let the man stay rather than wake him and possibly face an argument.

The fisherman boiled a kettle and had a coffee and a piece of toast while he watched over the man.

The honeowner watched the young man settle down on the couch, pulling a bean bag over himself for warmth. Source: Facebook
The honeowner watched the young man settle down on the couch, pulling a bean bag over himself for warmth. Source: Facebook

Mr Pryor also took a few pictures to share to a couple local Facebook pages to see if anyone recognised him.

"Found this guy sleeping on my couch this am lol does anyone know him?" he wrote.

While nobody identified the sleeping man, the post received hundreds of positive comments from locals praising Mr Pryor for his kindness, while many parents checked their kids' rooms to see if they were missing anyone.

The intruder was laster identified as engineering student Louis Coetze who was  visiting the region. Source: Facebook
The intruder was laster identified as engineering student Louis Coetze who was visiting the region. Source: Facebook

“I’ve travelled the world a bit and you know a few things and you know your capabilities if you have to deal with somebody and if you need assistance.

"I wasn’t unduly concerned,” Mr Pryor told the New Zealand Herald.

The intruder turned out to be an engineering student visiting the region who had to walk to his destination after being dropped off by a shuttle bus.

Mr Pryor later updated the post to say: "Well guys we now know who he is. A good kid... just got a little lost lol."

The young man's mother has since thanked Mr Pryor for his kindness, the newspaper reported.

"Only in Mangawhai!" one person posted.