Only One Pineapple Away From A Great Day

, , , , | Right | September 4, 2020

It has been a long day at work and I just want to buy my chips as quickly as possible, so I run into the local supermarket and stand in line for the self-checkout. I am calmly waiting for the young woman in front of me to finish up her purchases. She has quickly rung up everything but seems to be having trouble with this one item of precut fruit and flags down a worker who happens to be walking by.

Young Woman: “Hi, sorry to bother you, but this pineapple doesn’t have a barcode, and I don’t see an option for it under the produce tab. Am I missing something?”

Worker: *Looks over the item* “Oh, these are supposed to have a printed label by weight already on them. This one must have gotten missed somehow. Let me go get you one.”

The young woman looks to her left at the line of two of us now waiting.

Young Woman: “Okay, that would be great, thank you. I’m just going to pay out my purchase here while you do, and then get back in line so I’m not holding everything up.”

The worker looks confused but nods and walks off. Shocked at this young person’s thoughtfulness, I speak up.

Me: “That’s very nice of you, thank you.”

The young woman just shrugs as she swipes her card and waits for the prompt to sign.

Young Woman: “It’s no big deal. I mean, you don’t know how long something like that might take, and it’s not fair to hold you guys up for my pineapple. I’m in no rush to get home or anything, so I don’t mind waiting.”

She gives me a smile and turns back to sign as prompted when the worker comes back with her pineapple.

Worker: “Here you go, miss.”

The machine has just printed out her receipt and I wonder if she is going to go ahead and ring it up now. She glances at the container and then looks back at us before taking it with a laugh.

Young Woman: “Yeah, it would be something like that. Awesome. Thank you again, and I’m just going to take this to the end while I bag before getting back in line.”

I was so impressed by her selflessness when others would just take advantage of the situation or hold others up for their convenience. I quickly spoke up again and offered to buy her item. She was shocked and uncertain but I insisted and quickly took the item and scanned it before sending it down the belt towards her unpacked items. She thanked me with a wide, sincere smile before quickly bagging her items and wishing me a good evening. Best $3 I ever spent towards encouraging our youth that kindness IS worth it.

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