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Old 03-02-2013, 08:02 AM   #31
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I took my kids to McDonald a while back for happy meals and to play in their play area. Their credit/debit machines were not working for whatever reason, and I had absolutely no cash on me only debit/credit cards.

A man probably in his 40's watched as I had to tell my kids that we had to leave because I didn't have any cash and came up to me and handed me $10 to cover the two happy meals that I planned on ordering. I refused at first but he insisted and said he does things like this randomly for people.

I haven't found the "right" moment to repay my good deed, but I will someday to an unsuspecting person.
Was it necessary to mention that the man was in his 40's? And watching you? I am in my 50's and your implication that 40 year olds are more generous than me is offensive. And the watching....Please!
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:04 AM   #32
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Was it necessary to mention that the man was in his 40's? And watching you? I am in my 50's and your implication that 40 year olds are more generous than me is offensive. And the watching....Please!
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:58 AM   #33
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....and back to the original topic, I have a story:

When our family returned from overseas (Air Force) our car was shipped to California and we drove from Phoenix to pick it up. The place we had to pick it up was in Watts, which is kind of a scary place. We picked up the car and drove about three blocks to a gas station. After we filled up, the car wouldn't start. This was a scary neighborhood, a busy gas station and people were getting impatient because we were blocking the gas pumps.

I'm in the car with DS5 and DD2 when this absolutely HUGE guy (body description necessary for the story, sorry) comes walking over to DH. Just to let you know, DH is 6'6 and fairly imposing, but this guy made him look small. I am getting a little worried.

Mr. Huge Scary Guy then proceeded to help DH push the car away from the pumps, jump start the car and then refused the $20 DH offered him for the help. I felt ashamed that I had jumped to conclusions about Mr. Huge and Scary, the neighborhood, etc. Every time I start feeling down on Humanity, I think of Mr. Huge and Scary.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:01 AM   #34
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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.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:04 AM   #35
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We used to do a twisted version of this years ago in our teens. We'd be driving down the shore, 2 or 3 car loads of friends, and the person in the lead would pay for the toll for those behind. So each toll booth they would waive you through. Well occasionally, the lead person would do this a few times and then stop and the people behind would blow right through the toll booth only to be pulled over by the troopers a little while later for fare evasion.

Yep, I know the bruising comments are coming about wasted resources...but we were kids and it was funny back then.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:10 AM   #36
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I'll never understand the need to read something into someone's words for the sole purporse of tearing someone down.
Happens here all the time. And quite often by the same people over and over. Sad.

DH and I had dinner at a local restaurant a few months ago and the waitress paid our bill. We were so surprised! We left her a good tip though.

Then, a few days later, we "paid it forward" at another restaurant. The man behind us was elderly, wearing a jacket with military patches, etc. on it and DH decided to pay his bill. He just asked his waitress (who was also waiting on us) to give him the bill. So the man never knew who actually paid it.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:14 AM   #37
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I did something like this a while ago. DD was getting her hair done for her 16th and we were running late. An elderly woman had the next appointment and because we were late, we backed up her appointment. The stylist explained that she was running late and the woman was very understanding. We chatted while DD had her hair done and I apologized profusely. The woman was quite forgiving and explained that since she was retired (why I mentioned she was elderly) and had no family in the area, she was in no rush and was happy to wait. So when DD's hair was done and the woman went back to get her hair washed, I paid for her haircut. I was so stressed out about running late, and so grateful for her patience, I wanted her to realize how her understanding and kindness had touched me.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:24 AM   #38
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We get this a lot, most often when my husband is in uniform. Not just a drink but a whole meal etc at restaurants. It's always appreciated.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:20 AM   #39
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Many years ago we had a house fire. A co-worker gave me $50.00 to help. I knew it was alot of money for him. All he asked was that I do it for someone else someday. I have repeated the favor many times always telling my story about the kind co-worker.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:20 AM   #40
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:23 AM   #41
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Yes, once I was at work in the cafeteria and was paying for my lunch (a chicken burger) and my debit card for what ever reason didn't seem to be working and I hd no cash on me. The woman standing in line behind me said "here, let me pay for it." I told her she really didn't have to do that and I could run to the bank machine but she insisted. There are a lot of kind hearted people out there.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:48 AM   #42
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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 03-02-2013, 11:02 AM   #43
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We used to do a twisted version of this years ago in our teens. We'd be driving down the shore, 2 or 3 car loads of friends, and the person in the lead would pay for the toll for those behind. So each toll booth they would waive you through. Well occasionally, the lead person would do this a few times and then stop and the people behind would blow right through the toll booth only to be pulled over by the troopers a little while later for fare evasion.

Yep, I know the bruising comments are coming about wasted resources...but we were kids and it was funny back then.
That is funny ( back then hehe)

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a few years back we went into Boston for an event with the kids, on the way home the mass pike coming out of the city was so jammed, I ended up in the wrong lane to go thru a toll booth, no one would let me over, til one fancy car came along and motioned me in front of him, I was so thankful, because I hate driving in the city, let alone terrible traffic...........so anyway, I paid their toll for them, and afterward they were in the lane next to me, and yelled over " you didn't have to do that!", I just yelled out I wanted to thank you and off we went!


another story took place many years ago during my college days, I was coming home by train from new england, and had to make a connection in Philadelphia, the train got to philly late and the last connecting train had left!
for whatever reason in my poor college days I had only a couple dollars cash on me at the time plus a credit card my mom had given me.
I needed to get to the bus station but no way to get there.this was back in the days of not being able to use a credit debit card everywhere.
anyway, a cab driver asked me if I needed a cab, I said no I had no money.
he was so kind, he took me to the bus station for free.
I was a teenager at the time, so I didn't even think to get his name. or think of sending him something. but I was so grateful for his kindness and told him so.
I remember it to this day even though it was over 30 years ago.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:28 AM   #44
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I had this happen to me at McDonalds once. I have on idea why they bought my lunch, or who they were, but they did. It was very nice.
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