Be The Big Change You Want To See In The World

, , , | Austin, TX, USA | Hopeless | April 11, 2016

(I am six years old, and my dad gives me a $20 bill so that I can go buy a smoothie. The guy made my smoothie (which is $3 or so) and I give him the $20 bill.)

Me: “Keep the change!”

(I had recently heard someone say that and I was too young to realize that telling someone to keep $17 of change wasn’t normal. I got yelled at by my dad but I still remember how happy that guy looked.)

Park That Thought(fullness)

, , , | Worcester, MA, USA | Hopeless | April 11, 2016

(During our mother’s final days, my sister “camped out” at the hospital with her for days on end. The parking garage charged an hourly rate, with a maximum of $8 per day. My sister hands the parking ticket to the cashier on her way out.)

Cashier: *not looking up* “That will be $24.”

Sister: *in tears, tries to count out the money*

Cashier: *looking up, sees my sister, and immediately tears up the ticket* “Oh, you lost your ticket. That will be $8.”

Fries Are Good For The Soul

, , , , | Boulder Creek, CA, USA | Hopeless | April 10, 2016

(I don’t feel like cooking so we drive into town to a local franchise. My husband, small son, and I are the only customers in the store. We have just been brought our food when three teen boys come in drenching wet and sit down at the next table. We overhear them:)

Teen #1: “We have to buy something or they’ll kick us out. Mom won’t be here for 20 minutes.”

(They started to pool their money counting out change. Then go to the counter to order.)

Teen #1: “Small fries and some water, please.”

Teen #2: “Same for me, please.”

Cashier: *to third teen* “And for you?”

Teen #3: *embarrassed foot shuffle* “Just water, please.”

(A few minutes later the cashier, a middle-aged man whom I believe is the owner, comes out with three orders of fries.)

Teens: “We just ordered two?

Cashier: “Well, he should have something, too.”

(It was a small gesture, and though we didn’t normally eat fast food, we always went there because of their kind act.)

Tipped The Scales Of Kindness

, , | KY, USA | Hopeless | April 9, 2016

(My family and I are at a restaurant in Kentucky. The place seems a bit disorganized. This happens after my dad gets the bill.)

Waitress: “The total is [total].”

Dad: “Are you sure? That seems a bit low.”

(The waitress lists off items on the bill checking everyone’s order is listed.)

Dad: “Anyone’s missing?”

Sister: “Mine is; I got the grilled chicken sandwich and a drink.”

Waitress: *adding that in* “Okay the total is [total].”

(My dad paid the new total, then went down the menu and added up everything we got. He guesstimated that the waitress had still charged him about ten dollars too little so when we left he left a large tip to cover it so it wouldn’t come out of her pay.)

I Can Vouch For The Grouch

, , , | New Britain, CT, USA | Hopeless | April 8, 2016

(I am on a crowded bus. Next to me is a man with a plastic shopping bag of groceries, and a woman with four canvas bags of groceries. The woman is honestly the most surly looking person I have ever met, just a scowl on her face, glaring at her phone, like someone forced her to be alive today when she had better things to do. The bus rolls up to the next stop, and the man next to me shifted to allow people out — and his bag split open on the side, but he didn’t notice. Grouchy woman quickly condensed her belongings between the other three bags and handed the fourth, now empty, bag to him.)

Grouchy Woman: *mutters at the floor* “Your bag’s ripped.”

Man: “Oh! Thank—”

(Before he even finished saying thank you she was shuffling off the bus. I got off, too. Now the grouchy woman is waiting at the bus stop for the next connection with me.)

Me: “Hey. That was very kind of you.”

Grouchy Woman: *just glances up* “Oh.”

Me: “He said thank you but I don’t think you heard him.”

Grouchy Woman: *just shrugs* “I guess I didn’t need a thank you. You just watch out for other people. That’s just what you’re supposed to do.”

(Grouchy Woman, even though you were having what was clearly a rotten day, I was glad to see your priorities are in order and it didn’t stop you from doing something simple and selfless. I was happy to see that little gesture, and I hope someone makes you smile soon.)

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