Pregnant With Potential

| Sarasota, FL, USA | Awesome Customers, Awesome Workers, Family & Kids, Health & Body, Money, Top

(I’m stocking shelves. A customer has been browsing the same aisle for quite some time. She is visibly pregnant, and looks as though she has been crying. She’s flipping through an envelope full of coupons and scrutinizing items before putting them back on the shelf. Another customer comes down the aisle and seems to pay her close attention for a moment. The second customer leaves the aisle but then comes back a few minutes later and hesitantly walks up to the pregnant customer.)

Nice Customer: “Excuse me. I may be way out of line, and please feel free to tell me to mind my own business if I am, but… are you afraid you’re going to have trouble paying for your groceries?”

Pregnant Customer: “Actually, yes I am. How did you know?”

Nice Customer: “A few years ago, I had a really difficult pregnancy. I was too sick to work and lost my job. It was a real struggle to make ends meet. I used to spend hours at the grocery store with every coupon I could find trying to save every penny I could. Looking at you was like looking in the mirror. Listen, I just went and checked out, and I came in a little under my weekly grocery budget. I know it’s not much, but I’d really like to give this to you.”

(She hands the pregnant woman a $20 bill. The woman promptly bursts into tears.)

Pregnant Customer: “You have no idea how much this means to me. My husband just left me for another woman. I have no idea how I’m going to support myself and my kid. My mother and brother died this year, and I have no one to lean on.”

Nice Customer: “After the hard times I went through, things got a lot better for me. It may sound like a cliché, but I believe you’ll get through this and be stronger than ever. Just hang in there, okay?”

Pregnant Customer: “Do you think maybe I could give you a hug?”

Nice Customer: “Of course.”

(The two women embrace for a long time. When they pull apart, they both wipe away tears. They don’t see, but so do I.)

Themed Giveaway Final Roundup: Tech Troubles

Not Always Right | Roundups, Technology, Theme Of The Month

Themed Giveaway Roundup: Tech Troubles! Here’s a final roundup of stories from last month’s themed giveaway!

  1. P2P Not-Working (1,341 thumbs up)
  2. Reach Out And Touch Someone (1,094 thumbs up)
  3. Mostly Crazy, Not So Good (1,160 thumbs up)
  4. Not Just The Computer Making A Loud Noise (1,504 thumbs up)
  5. Not A Sound Reason For Calling (1,117 thumbs up)
  6. Needs To Back Up And See The Bigger Picture (1,388 thumbs up)
  7. Not-So-Smart Phone, Part 7 (1,239 thumbs up)
  8. Makes You Lose CTRL (1,035 thumbs up)
  9. Start Thinking To A Different Tune (1,317 thumbs up)
  10. The Number One Problem With Laptops (1,321 thumbs up)

PS #1: check out our new Extras section, with pictures, videos, and news galore!

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Why Kermit Hops Away From Miss Piggy

| CT, USA | Crazy Requests, Wild & Unruly

(I fall off a ladder at work, and severely twist my ankle. Eventually, I manage to stand up, and try to hop my way to the manager. An older woman in her sixties stops me.)

Customer: “Are you okay?”

Me: “No, actually, I’ve just fallen off the ladder. I’m just trying to find my manager.”

Customer: “Oh, dear, you shouldn’t be walking on that. Here, get on my back. I’ll give you a piggy back ride.”

Me: “Umm… that’s nice of you, but I can just hop over there.”

(As I’m hopping away…)

Customer: “LET ME GIVE YOU A PIGGY BACK RIDE!”