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Old 03-02-2013, 08:04 PM   #46
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When my Dad was healthy, he'd walk over to the local diner for breakfast every morning. He liked it for social fun, talked to people and got a little exersize. If I was in town, I'd go with him. One of his buddies always paid for someone's breakfast-some random person. They'd sit at the counter and he and the waitress would decide who's breakfast needed to be paid for. It was fun and made me know the world was right.
This is such a great story and a fun idea too! I bet his beautiful gesture brought him a lot of joy and gratification to do that every day. This whole thread lets us know the world is right.
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:14 PM   #47
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My story happened when I was quite young, about 8 years old. My dad had just left my mom with 5 kids and no money. My mom was desperate to feed us, went into a diner and told the cashier her plight, and a man stepped up, handed the cashier some money and said, "give them all a meal". I still remember that, over 40 years later.

His generosity has been payed forward many times--he left such an impression on me. My favorite was when, on my 50th birthday, I did 50 good deeds with a budget of $50 during the day. Some were just leaving a quarter on top of a parking meter, or socializing kitties at the local shelter, but I had a fun time planning it out and spending the day that way.

This is a great thread!

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Old 03-02-2013, 08:14 PM   #48
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Sorry this is more disney related....While we were at the Poly in Sept, and getting ready to leave, I overheard a woman in the little shop upstairs looking to buy laundry soap...or maybe something else (can't quite remember the details now!!). I told her to follow me back to our room. She was leery of me...but I convinced her I was harmless and friendly on our walk back.

She left our room loaded up with a case of water, juice boxes, laundry sheets, and granola bars. They had just arrived and she thanked me over and over, and was in shock. To me not a big deal. We usually left it in the room, but I was happy to see another family use it. I hope she passed on the pixie dust.

Oh, and I love picking up others coffees in the drive through.... so much fun!
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:35 PM   #49
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Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your posts,kimmar. Don't let the snarky comments get to you!
Oh, she's (Kim) not worried about the snarky comments, she know the queen of snark herself ( the TF AKA The Snarky One)

My story takes place at Target, a lady in front of me did not have enough money to cover her purchase ( diapers and wipes) and wanted to put back the wipes. I paid it (wipes) for her. She thanked me and it felt great to help someone who needed it
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Old 03-03-2013, 08:26 AM   #50
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Back story: Last year one of my co-workers died unexpectedly from a respiratory incident. Another co-worker, Bee, was with her at the time and was the first one to perform CPR.

A couple weeks ago many of us were getting together for a memorial dinner on the anniversary of co-worker's death. Bee had confided in me that she didn't want to go to the dinner. It is still a fresh, sad memory for her. We spent an hour together where she just talked and I basically listened to her heartfelt concerns. She also casually mentioned her financial hardship. As I left her I said to her that I'd love to see her at the dinner but whatever she decided was the right decision.

That evening she did in fact show up for the dinner. SHe said she felt so much better & comfortable after our conversation. It just so happened that after dinner she was out of the room when our checks arrived. Since she was sitting near me I discreetly picked up her check & paid it for her.

When all was said & done she was shocked & so appreciative of what I had done for her. She doesn't even realize what she had done for me. For her to open herself up & share her heart & soul w/me & to put that trust in me was beautiful. This was the least I could have done. I also believe it was a huge step in her healing process.

It was a good reminder that Humanity can be as simple as just listening to someone in need.
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Old 03-03-2013, 09:54 AM   #51
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I had the opposite kind of experience in December 11 at the Poly Laundry room.

I was waiting for washers and noticed several machines that were done but sat untended. I asked everyone if they knew whose clothes they were and no one did.

After 15 minutes I emptied the two washers and loaded my clothes. As I piled the clothes neatly on the table, two $20 bills fell out of the wet clothes.

I carefully buried the money in the clothing so someone else wouldn't walk off with it.

Finally the owner came in and without even looking in the washers she quickly grabbed her laundry from the table. I caught her eye and mentioned that there were $20 bills in her wet clothes.


She looked at me for a moment and then walked out; not even a thank you or mention of protecting her money. She didn't put them in the dryers; just walked out of the building.

Another woman sitting and watching tv with me said "You could have kept that money and she never would have known." Her lack of expected response won't keep me from being honest in the future but I was a little taken aback.

Maybe she was embarrassed or something but I still think it was rude of her.
It is possible that the woman did not understand English. That would be about only excuse for her rude behavior.
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:20 PM   #52
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I used to drive a little Toyota Starlet to our local "commuter" college up here in snowy New England. One day it had snowed the entire time I was in class, and after spending twenty minutes uncovering my car, the darn plow came by and blocked me in again.

I didn't have the strength to shovel all that heavy, wet snow again, so I figured I could just drive through it and of course I got stuck, sticking halfway out in to the road, blocking foot traffic as well. Four guys were walking by, and I figured they'd get mad at me for blocking the way. Nope, they didn't even ask, they just PICKED UP MY CAR and moved it to the street. I was too stunned and amazed that they could actually lift my car to stutter a thank you. I hope they enjoyed the look on my face!
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Old 03-03-2013, 02:39 PM   #53
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I was at the local animal shelter finishing adoption paperwork for my dog. While I was working on the forms, a woman came in and there was a lot of "That's the lady adopting Sunshine!" echoing around the adoption area.

Backstory. Sunshine was brought to the shelter at 13!! years old. (Not even going there...but what kind of horrific person would do that to a little, old dog)..I'd seen her picture on the site and met her and though my heart broke for her, we were NOT the right fit. My dogs are young and very high energy, and she needed a place where she could chill out and be loved on for the rest of her days..

So, anyway, here I am finishing my paperwork and I heard the "that's the lady adopting Sunshine" around the adoption area. I handed the lady at the shelter my CC to pay my dogs adoption fee, and asked her to pay Sunshine's fee too.

I was SO happy she was finally going home to someone who would lover her, I figured it was the least I could do.
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Old 03-03-2013, 03:55 PM   #54
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Two weeks before Christmas (always a cash strapped time) I was standing in line to pay at a gas station. A man in front of me pulled his wallet out of his side pocket - cargo pants. I saw a wad of fifty dollar bills fall to the floor. I picked them up and said excuse me sir, I think you dropped this. He looked confused and said nope thats not mine. I said Im pretty sure its yours I just saw it fall. After going back and forth a few times he finally said ohhhhh that must be the $600. dollars I lost a while back. So he takes it, says thank you and leaves.

As I was starting up my car he comes running over and hands me $50.00 . I said, no you dont need to do that. and he said to me....No, you did not have to do that for me and Thank you Merry Christmas.
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I was at the local animal shelter finishing adoption paperwork for my dog. While I was working on the forms, a woman came in and there was a lot of "That's the lady adopting Sunshine!" echoing around the adoption area.

Backstory. Sunshine was brought to the shelter at 13!! years old. (Not even going there...but what kind of horrific person would do that to a little, old dog)..I'd seen her picture on the site and met her and though my heart broke for her, we were NOT the right fit. My dogs are young and very high energy, and she needed a place where she could chill out and be loved on for the rest of her days..

So, anyway, here I am finishing my paperwork and I heard the "that's the lady adopting Sunshine" around the adoption area. I handed the lady at the shelter my CC to pay my dogs adoption fee, and asked her to pay Sunshine's fee too.

I was SO happy she was finally going home to someone who would lover her, I figured it was the least I could do.
You were a ray of sunshine for Sunshine's new owner
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I used to drive a little Toyota Starlet to our local "commuter" college up here in snowy New England. One day it had snowed the entire time I was in class, and after spending twenty minutes uncovering my car, the darn plow came by and blocked me in again.

I didn't have the strength to shovel all that heavy, wet snow again, so I figured I could just drive through it and of course I got stuck, sticking halfway out in to the road, blocking foot traffic as well. Four guys were walking by, and I figured they'd get mad at me for blocking the way. Nope, they didn't even ask, they just PICKED UP MY CAR and moved it to the street. I was too stunned and amazed that they could actually lift my car to stutter a thank you. I hope they enjoyed the look on my face!
And the award for most amusing good deed story goes to... I love it!
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I used to drive a little Toyota Starlet to our local "commuter" college up here in snowy New England. One day it had snowed the entire time I was in class, and after spending twenty minutes uncovering my car, the darn plow came by and blocked me in again.

I didn't have the strength to shovel all that heavy, wet snow again, so I figured I could just drive through it and of course I got stuck, sticking halfway out in to the road, blocking foot traffic as well. Four guys were walking by, and I figured they'd get mad at me for blocking the way. Nope, they didn't even ask, they just PICKED UP MY CAR and moved it to the street. I was too stunned and amazed that they could actually lift my car to stutter a thank you. I hope they enjoyed the look on my face!
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This is a pretty awesome story:

Dan's Coffey Runs

In case anyone doesn't want to watch the link: A guy from around here used to take his father for his chemo treatments every Thursday and one day his dad asked him to go get him a coffee and gave him his wallet. As a joke, he said (to all the other people getting treatments) "I have his wallet! Who wants something?" So his dad's cancer ended up being cured though he later passed away.. but his dying wish was that his son keep up the coffee run. So, every Thursday he goes back to that hospital, takes orders, and buys everybody coffee. He has also started doing it at the cancer center at the hospital I was doing my clincal at for school.. and one time when we were taking a coffee break he was in front of us in line and we got to meet him. It was really cool.
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This is a pretty awesome story:

Dan's Coffey Runs

In case anyone doesn't want to watch the link: A guy from around here used to take his father for his chemo treatments every Thursday and one day his dad asked him to go get him a coffee and gave him his wallet. As a joke, he said (to all the other people getting treatments) "I have his wallet! Who wants something?" So his dad's cancer ended up being cured though he later passed away.. but his dying wish was that his son keep up the coffee run. So, every Thursday he goes back to that hospital, takes orders, and buys everybody coffee. He has also started doing it at the cancer center at the hospital I was doing my clincal at for school.. and one time when we were taking a coffee break he was in front of us in line and we got to meet him. It was really cool.
....OMG! What an amazing story!
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....OMG! What an amazing story!
Right? I was seriously really excited to meet him.

If more people were like him (and like everybody that has been posted about in this thread)... just doing simple!! acts of kindness.. the world would be a happier place, yes?
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