This Kindness Is Fully Baked

, , , , | Right | April 22, 2020

My family goes to an Indian restaurant quite often that has a window into the kitchen. I always ask my parents to get the table by that window because I love watching the cooks. One Sunday, a chef notices me watching and comes out to the tale. I’m probably around ten or eleven.

Chef: “Excuse me, miss. Would you like to come into the kitchen and see how we make naan?”

I stare at him in surprise for a moment before looking to my parents for permission. 

Mom: “Go ahead!”

Me: “Thank you so much!”

He leads me back into the kitchen to the oven.

Chef: “Here is the brick oven we use to make our naan. We roll out the dough here, put on the flour and spices, and stick it to the wall.”

He continued to show me exactly how they made the naan. He even let me put some of the naan in the oven — with gloves on, of course! I was very thankful for the experience. He was so nice to me, and it was a really fun experience. He just happened to see me watching and let me come see how it’s really done! It made me one happy kid who now loves baking.

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The Heavy Weight Of Gender Norms

, , , , | Right | April 20, 2020

I am a skinny twenty-three-year-old girl working a manual labor job. Because of the job, I am actually very strong, able to lift about eighty pounds in front of me.

Me: “I can take your bag of dog food and blankets into the kennel with me.”

Client: “Oh, no, the food is very heavy. I can carry it for you.”

Me: “Sir, it’s only forty pounds. I can get it. Besides, I need to take it into an Employees Only area.”

Client: “Oh. Maybe we should wait until one of the male employees is ready. I’m sure he’ll be able to get it.”

Me: “We don’t currently have any male employees. Besides, I lift much heavier things every day.”

Client: “That’s discrimination! You can’t have an all-female staff!”

Me: “It’s not that my boss doesn’t hire males; it’s that we currently only have women working here. We had a guy who quit last month.”

Client: “Oh… Well, let me carry the food.”

Ignoring him, I lift the bag of dog food in a fireman’s carry and run with it the hundred yards across the play yard into the kennel. When I come back to the office, I ask the client:

Me: “So. Do you want your dog bathed before she is returned?”

Client: “That would be great. Wow. That was really impressive. You’re way stronger than you look!”

Me: “Thanks! Have a nice day!”

Since then, he has been very pleasant and has returned to the kennel several times.

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Keeping Dad Close To Your Heart

, , , , , , | Working | April 10, 2020

(My father is cremated following his death. A few days later, I decide to purchase a piece of “cremation jewelry,” which is a small urn that can hold a bit of cremation ashes. It is worn as a necklace on a chain. I order it to be engraved with my father’s name and the date of his death. Unfortunately, within a week of placing the order, I start to notice that I don’t have any mail in my mailbox for several days in a row. I go to the post office and it is discovered that there has been a mistake made by a postal worker. All my mail is either being held indefinitely at a main facility hours away or being returned to the sender as undeliverable. I am beside myself with grief at the time and I’m very angry with the post office. I am missing out on sympathy cards and the cremation jewelry, not to mention all my other mail. The post office reverses the error within a few days. I wait another week or so for the cremation jewelry before I call the company and explain what happened with the post office. I ask if they have received my package back.)

Worker: “I’m so sorry to hear this happened to you. No, we haven’t received your order back.”

Me: “Okay, thanks for checking. I guess I’ll just continue to wait.”

Worker: “Well, let’s do this. We will send you out another jewelry piece at no charge.”

Me: “But it’s engraved. Even if the original mailing gets back to you, there is nothing you can do with it.”

Worker: “That’s okay. You shouldn’t have to have this on your mind at a time like this.”

Me: *crying* “Thank you so much!”

(Five years later, following my mother’s death, I wanted to include her ashes in the same piece of jewelry. I had misplaced the teeny screwdriver they’d sent with the piece that opens it to put the ashes in. I called to ask if I could purchase one from them. They sent it to me… free of charge! Thank you, awesome company and awesome workers!)

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The Horrors They Have Seen…

, , , , | Right | April 9, 2020

(I’ve saved up my money and managed to purchase a new bedroom furniture set from one company and a mattress from another. I schedule the mattress to arrive after the bedframe, but as life goes sometimes, I find I need to reschedule. I give them my order information.)

Me: “Hi, I need to reschedule my mattress delivery. It was scheduled for Wednesday, but I’m afraid I need to bump it back to Friday, please.”

Customer Service Representative: “I can certainly do that for you. So, to confirm, you want your delivery and setup appointment moved to Friday the 15th, instead of Wednesday the 13th.”

Me: “That’s right.”

Customer Service Representative: “All right, your appointment has been moved. And just to be sure, you understand that your Wednesday appointment has been canceled completely, and will now happen on Friday, so you will not receive a delivery on Wednesday?”

(I’m quiet for a beat, as I process exactly why she would have to say this.)

Me: “Well, I guess I don’t have to ask how your morning has gone, do I?”

(I hear her muffling a small laugh.)

Me: “Okay, on the off chance that this call is recorded, yes, I understand and accept that my delivery will happen Friday. Thank you very much for moving it.”

Customer Service Representative: *sounding very relieved* “I appreciate your understanding, ma’am, and I’m glad I could help. Have a good day!”

Me: *after hanging up* “My God, that poor woman…”

(For the record, both deliveries went perfectly, and the guys who set up the mattress were very professional and helpful. I sent positive feedback on their survey.)

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Hope For Humanity Is Elevating

, , , , , | Right | April 2, 2020

(There’s an office party in a nearby member’s club. My friends headed to it before I did as I had to work late, so I arrive on my own. I’m scared of lifts and so, even though the party is on the eighth floor, I attempt to take the stairs. The security guards spot me on the way down.)

Guard #1: “Hey! Didn’t we tell you there was a lift?”

Me: “Yeah, you did. It’s just, uh, I’m scared of lifts and I kind of took a look at this one and thought I’d be happier on the stairs.”

Guard #1: “Oh. I’m afraid the stairs only go to the sixth floor and then the doors are locked.”

Me: *laughs* “Yeah, I noticed that. I guess I’ll just have to suck it up.”

(I start to walk to the lift. I hear the second security guard ask the first one what happened.)

Guard #2: “Hold on! Wait there!”

(I turn around. The guard walks up to me.)

Guard #2: “How about I ride up with you?”

Me: “Oh, no, don’t worry. I’ll just suck it up.”

Guard #2: “Nah, it’s fine.” *presses the button and walks in* “Come on in.”

(I walk in. He closes the door and presses the button for the eighth floor.)

Guard #2: “You see, nothing is going to happen. I’m here, riding with you, so we’re going to be fine. I promise.”

(True to his word, we got to the eighth floor without dying. I didn’t see him for the rest of the evening, but if you’re out there, my friends said they were worried about how I’d get up there, given my phobia, and thought you were incredibly sweet for riding up with me.)

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