Deciding To Take The Floor

, , , | Hopeless | May 9, 2016

(I’m around six in this story and shopping with my mom, and getting distracted easily. The mall is packed and I quickly end up losing sight of my mom in the crowds. I get upset and start crying and since my mom always told me to stay where I am if I get lost, I decide to sit down in the middle of the mall floor.)

Me: *crying*

Woman: *nearly tripping over me* “Woah! Hey, little girl are you all right?”

Me: “No.” *cries harder*

Woman: “Hold on! Where’s your mom?”

Me: *still crying* “I lost her!”

Woman: “Okay, why don’t you come with me and we’ll see if we can find her?”

Me: “Mommy told me not to move and not to go with strangers!” *crying harder*

Woman: “Okay. We’ll stay here, then, until she comes back!” *sits down, with all her bags, beside me on the ground*

(The woman was probably only in her early twenties, but stayed sitting with me and telling me stories to calm me down until my mother found me. She protected me from being tripped over and possibly injured. When my mom came back she declined the money my mom offered as thanks, instead choosing to hug me before saying goodbye. It was incredibly kind and my mom and I still talk about the story to this day!)

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Power Of The Pink Dollar

, , , | Related Right | May 8, 2016

(I work at a renaissance festival in a shop that mainly sells crowns and tiaras. Although we have a few items that are classified as unisex, the bulk of our customer base is female. It’s not uncommon for a family with a little boy to come into the shop and leave soon after telling their child that it’s a shop for girls only. I often will tell these people where the unisex crowns are, as they’re towards the back of the tiny shop and not always visible when you first walk in. A young couple walk in with a small boy, looking to be about five or so. They start to look around but generally seem uninterested in anything.)

Me: “Just to let you know, there are also some unisex crowns back here if the young lord would be interested.”

Mother: “Nah, I think he likes these ones with the ribbons.”

(The child grabs a tiara with ribbons and gems, the same that I actually happen to be wearing. Our displays are sorted by color and pink happens to be the bottom color as is the one he grabs.)

Me: *to the boy* “Those come in an assortment of colors, too, if you want.”

(He seems shy and just turns away from me and hands the tiara to his mother.)

Mother: “That’s okay, his favorite color is pink anyway. I guess we’ll get this one.”

(They pay and leave. It seems so silly, but having seen so many people practically drag their sons out of the shop because ‘crowns are for girls,’ it made me incredibly happy to see them respect their child’s likes.)

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Kids Can Be Pretty Awesome

, , , , , | Hopeless | May 7, 2016

(We’re nearing the end of final exam period at university and since I’m graduating the past few weeks have been excessively stressful. Between all night study sessions on and off, working off campus, and grad papers, I haven’t had much time to take care of my appearances and haven’t showered for a few days. Because of this, I’m really self-conscious about how I look, especially in crowded places like public transit. I’m heading to take my final exam waiting for the bus when I notice a little kid nearby with his mother who is staring at me. I assume it’s because I look like total crap, so I pull on my hood to hide, hoping the kid will look away. When he doesn’t, I turn to him and nervously try to play it off.)

Me: “Yeah, take a good look kid… This is what university does to you.”

Boy: *gets really happy* “You mean it makes people pretty?!”

(His delightful compliment was so genuine I almost started crying right there. That kid managed to make me smile and feel amazing for the first time in weeks. The feeling didn’t leave me even after I finished and passed my exam! Thanks, kid!)

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Making You Feel Like A VIP

, , | Working | May 6, 2016

(I’ve been feeling down for a while. I love cold weather and cheering loudly at sports games, so when the forecast calls for freezing rain, I decide to go to the baseball game where I will surely be able to get a seat away from anyone else and yell to my heart’s content. On the way there, I realize that I don’t have much cash, but want to park close to the stadium since I’m by myself. So when I pull up to the parking garage attendant:)

Me: “Hi, do you take credit?”

Attendant: “Yes, but a man a few cars ahead of you had extra passes and gave them to me to hand out. Would you like one?”

Me: “Yes! Thank you so much!”

(I was early, so pulled all the way up to the barricade blocking off the VIP parking area and turned to find a spot when a parking employee saw the pass still in my hand, waved me over, and pulled the barricade aside. When she saw my puzzled expression, she pointed to the pass and said “You’re a VIP!” I happily pulled all the way up and parked directly under the main entrance. I chose an upper level, front row seat away from everyone else and had a fantastic time cheering through the rain and sleet. During the fireworks after the game, it snowed. It was like the universe conspired to make a magical night that I’ll never forget. Thank you, unknown man, for kicking it all off (and saving me $15)!)

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Sweet Little Gesture, Part 2

, , , | Working | May 6, 2016

(A local “job lot” store, featuring low cost things like lesser name brands or post-clearance overstock, recently had a new type of candy on display, cherry flavored heart-shaped jelly beans. All natural, real cherry juice, etc. Picked up on a whim, they turn out to be very good! I decide to go online and check the site, and while they have a small selection it’s mostly not sold around me. Still, I send an email.)

Me: “Hello! I just wanted to say, I recently tried your [Brand] candies, and they’re absolutely wonderful. I’m not a health nut, but it’s good to see a company using ‘real’ ingredients, make it taste good, AND not charge an arm and a leg! Only one store around me carries only your cherry candies, but I got instantly addicted. I just wanted to let you know, you guys have a new fan, and I’m trying to talk my friend who’s starting a ‘YouTube foodie channel’ to review your stuff.”

(The next day, I get a reply.)

Email: “Thank you so much for the kind words! That was actually one of the nicest emails my group has seen yet from a customer. If you would like to send me your address, we’d love to send you a gift!”

(Thinking it would be just a coupon, or at most a promo sample or something, I went ahead, and then forgot about it. A week later I came home to a big box on my porch. They sent me one of EACH TYPE of their candies, seven different full-sized bags, one of which is a 41 flavored mixed bag! They also gave the brand new online shopping link that hadn’t been posted yet, and said the job lot store is going to be carrying the regular and sour fruit flavors soon, too. Apparently breaking the “you only hear the bad reviews” myth has its upsides besides just making a customer rep smile!)


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