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Category: Family & Kids

Human Kindness Is A Simple Formula

| TX, USA | At The Checkout, Awesome Customers, Family & Kids, Food & Drink, Money

(A couple with a small child comes up to my register with a WIC transaction, which goes through without a problem until…)

Me: “I am sorry but your formula didn’t go through.”

(The couple is buying nine containers of formula at around $18 each.)

Mother: What? Let me see.

(I show them the slip and the starting balance, which shows no formula was offered through the program.)

Father: “Great… and it’s Sunday so we can’t call them. Well, take off all but one and we’ll talk to them tomorrow.”

(I nod and take allow them to purchase just the one can of formula with the rest of their items.)

Me: “I’m sorry about that but h—”

(At this moment the next customers in line, both 20ish year old females cut in.)

Female #1: *handing me $20* “I’ll buy one of them.”

Mother: *shocked* “Y… you don’t have—”

Female #2: *doing the same* “We had parents that were just like you; please allow us to help.”

Mother: *nearly to tears* “N… no, please don’t.”

(Eventually, the pair got the mother to the accept the gifts, and when the pair was done with their regular purchases, I still couldn’t believe what happened and that there were still people who believed in the simple formula of human kindness!)

Go From Feeling Low To Feeling J-Lo

| Cornelius, OR, USA | At The Checkout, Family & Kids

(I am checking out a customer and her young son.)

Me: “Did you find everything all right?”

Customer: “Yes, thank you.”

(Meanwhile her little boy is staring at me open mouthed. I figure it’s because I’m a little shorter, not as skinny as his mom, and have thick poofy hair that looks like it belongs to a witch. But I smile at him.)

Me: “Hi!”

Little Boy: *in awe* “Mommy! She’s pretty like Jennifer Lopez!”

Me: *stares back in shock as my heart melts* “Aww! Compliment lying already! You’re going to make your girlfriend very happy when you get older!”

Some Parenting Choices Can’t Be Made Up

| Yorkshire, England, UK | Bad Behavior, Family & Kids

(I am stocking the make-up aisle in a large drug store. A customer is next to me trying on lipstick at the stand I am filling, with her three-year-old son sat on the floor next to her. I see him take the lid off a tube of foundation and raise it to his mouth.)

Me: “Miss, you might want to stop your kid before he eats that. It won’t be good for him.”

Customer: “Oh, yeah.”

(Without looking away from the mirror she is using to try the lipstick, she pats the boy on the head.)

Customer: “Don’t do that.”

(The kid ate the foundation while his oblivious mother continued to test the products, and I moved away before I said something I’d regret.)