He’s a softy by name and, now, a softy by reputation. Michael Trowbridge, who runs Mr Softy’s ice cream truck, was spotted outside the Geraldton Centrelink office this afternoon, handing out free ice-creams to people lined up outside the building. For the past two days, Centrelink has been restricting the number of people allowed inside at any time in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19. And with the mercury forecast to hit 36 degrees in Geraldton today, Mr Trowbridge felt bad for those left waiting outside. When asked what prompted his good deed — which happened to be on his day off — Mr Trowbridge replied with a question of his own: “Why wouldn’t you?” “They’re all standing out in the sun, mate,” he said. “They’ve got nothing to eat, nothing to drink. It was the quickest thing I could do.” Mr Trowbridge’s generosity was not lost on anyone, including Mark Paravicini, who at 12.30pm had been waiting in line for two hours. “He’s gone and done a brilliant thing there,” Mr Paravicini said. “He’s pulled up, given everybody free ice-creams while everyone’s out in line, waiting to get in to Centrelink, which I think is great. “On his day off, too, for the bloke to get out in the community and start handing out ice-creams, I think is brilliant. He’s a top bloke.” While there were no signs to be seen at the entrance, a woman waiting outside said a security guard was allowing up to two people at a time to enter the building.