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Off-The-Clock Rock

, , , | Hopeless | July 21, 2016

(I am waiting by the time clock to punch in for my shift on the U-Scan at my job when the head cashier comes over to me.)

Head Cashier: “Are you clocked in?”

Me: “No, I still have a few minutes before it will let me.”

Head Cashier: “Have you seen any baggers, then?”

Me: “No, why?”

Head Cashier: “This lady over here needs help out to her car.”

Me: “I’ll still do it.”

(I then make my way over to the elderly lady and start to load up her cart.)

Me: “Hi there! I’m here to help you out to your car. I’m not on the clock, so if anyone asks, I’m doing it as a friendly customer.”

(She thanks me profusely and after we grab her walker, we make small talk as we get to her car. Once there, I manage to pack all her items into her trunk so they fit perfectly, much to her delight.)

Me: “Have a good day, ma’am!”

Elderly Woman: “Oh, wait! I have to tip you for your help!”

Me: “Oh, no! You don’t have to! It was nice helping you and you were so pleasant to talk to!”

Elderly Woman: “You helped me off the clock and did your darnedest to pack everything perfectly. You deserve a tip for being so helpful!”

(She then placed $5 in my hand and shut her car door before I could protest further. I know $5 isn’t much, but as someone who works in a job that never normally gets more than a thank you from customers, it meant the world to me.)

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This Employee Is The Bees’ Knees

, , , | Working | July 21, 2016

(I have taken my four-year-old son to the zoo so that we can have a nice day out while my fiancé is at work. I have issues with my knees. I have to wear my knee compression sleeves to cope with the pain. While I normally wear jeans in order to hide them, it’s hot enough out that I end up in shorts. I tend to be pretty self-conscious about the compression sleeves, especially being 26 and having self-image issues. I decide to buy tickets so that we can ride the train around the zoo, as it is my son’s favorite thing to do there. It should be noted that the employee running the train is a young woman probably a good three or four years younger than me.)

Employee: *smiles as she takes the tickets* “Just so you know, you are really rocking that look! And your little boy is super cute, too!”

Me: *stunned and pauses for a moment* “Thank you.”

Employee: *smiles again* “You know, you are the only two at the station so instead of making you wait for more passengers, you two get the train all to yourselves today. I hope you enjoy the ride.”

(True to her word, once we got on the train, she started the ride and gave us our own personal tour of the zoo even adding in more information that they normally don’t give. To the young woman that went out of her way not only to compliment me on a day where I felt like absolute s***, but to also take the time to interact with my son and me more than her job calls for, you are amazing and I hope that you are there the next time we go to ride the train! My son and I had a blast the entire time we were there.)

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Bowl-ed Over With That Gesture

, , , | Hopeless | July 16, 2016

(At a local frozen yogurt bar, where you can get frozen yogurt and toppings, they have a system where once you get so many points, you can use them to get $5 off a purchase. I normally am under that on a normal day, so money isn’t an issue. However, that system is currently having work done to it, so it can’t be used. The worker at the till asked me if I knew how many points I had.)

Me: “No, not exactly. I know the system is down, though.”

Her: “Here, what’s the phone number on the account?” *after I give it to her* “You’ve got enough for $5 off. Go get yourself a bowl.”

(I essentially got a bowl for free, and I thought I would have to pay since their system is down. It’s gonna be a hot day today, and her gesture was as sweet as the yogurt!)

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Lucky Number Thirteen

, , , | Working | July 8, 2016

(It’s my thirteenth birthday, and my big request for my present is a day trip to see the Smithsonian in D.C, about four hours drive from my house. After getting up super early we make the long drive, and visit the Natural History Museum, which is incredible! Afterwards, we go find a pizza place to eat at.)

Mom: *mentions something about my birthday as the waitress passes*

Waitress: *smiles* “Oh? It’s your birthday?”

Me: *internally dreading the idea of being sung to in front of people* “Yeah! I’m thirteen!”

Waitress: *winks* “Don’t worry, honey, we don’t do the singing thing here, but we do have something special for birthday girls!”

(Cut to about ten minutes later, and she deposits an adorable plushie dog in my arms! I don’t know who you are, waitress, but thank you so much! That was really sweet, and I still have the dog, who I have dubbed Max. And of course, thank you mom and daddy for an INCREDIBLE birthday! That could not have been cheap, but I will appreciate it forever!)

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Tipping Over The Top

, , , | Right | July 6, 2016

(I am the customer. I’ve had bariatric surgery so I’m very limited on what and how much I can eat. My husband likes a certain dish at this restaurant, so we go and I as usual order a glass of water. I usually eat a third of his salad and maybe a bite of his seafood. I feel really guilty about not ordering a meal, so to make ME feel better, I always double tip the server. I get the bill, see the little calculation for tip on the bottom, and doubled the 20%… in cash. The server looked at me like she was going to cry.)

Server: “Oh, you don’t have to do that!”

Me: “It makes ME feel good; because I’ve had bariatric surgery and why should you still do all that work to serve us even though I don’t eat?”

(She was overcome; I guess that’s the nicest anyone had been to her that day.)

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