Unfiltered Story #177152

, , | Unfiltered | November 12, 2019

(I recently started back at the place I used to work, and money’s been tight for a while. Because of when I was hired back in and how they only pay every other week, I don’t get a paycheck for three weeks. My parents have been letting me live with them for a while but they’re not doing well financially, either. I’m on the front register towards the end of a 9 hour shift when a man comes in with his wife and daughter. They’re the only customers in the lobby after a huge rush that left me exhausted, so I tend to them and then get ready to go out and start cleaning the lobby. This happens as I’m wiping down the tables.)

Man: Excuse me, miss?

Me: Yes?

Man: I just wanted to say thank you for cleaning up out here. Every time I come in there seems to be a mess on every table, and I really appreciate you taking the time to wipe it down for the customers.

Me: Oh, no problem. It’s my job.

Man: Yes, but you’re also very friendly and kind to your customers, which a lot of people aren’t. It’s nice to see for a change.

(He pulls out a $5 from his pocket and hands it to me)

Man: Now, I know it’s only $5, but I really do appreciate you doing your job. I know it’s hard because you’re understaffed and busy, so here. Keep it and keep smiling, hon.

(I was so choked up I could only smile and say thank you as I took it, but afterwards I went to the backroom to stop myself from crying. It may have been only $5, but it makes a difference when you’re basically living off spare change. That man didn’t realize how much what he said and did meant, but I’ll always remember it. Thank you, random customer, for making my day.)

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