Positive, feel-good stories

Bonded By Blood

, | Working | July 8, 2016

(I’m at a metal/hardcore show in a tiny venue. I’ve been stuck against the edge of the mosh pit, which hasn’t bothered me much, but the pit has been getting more and more rowdy despite the bands’ requests to calm down a little before someone gets hurt. Sure enough, during the final set someone slips and falls in the pit nearby me. I bend down to help him up before he gets trampled, and wind up taking a fist point-blank, full-force to the face instead.)

Me: “Mother-f*****!”

(I grab at my nose in pain and am dismayed to feel my nose creak and to see blood gushing out down my face and all over my hands. It’s broken. Still dazed from the punch, I somehow manage to squeeze out of the pit and through the rest of the crowd. I have to pass by the bands’ merch (merchandise) tables to get outside, which I’m trying to do before I bleed all over the floor and my clothes.)

Merch Guy #1: “Whoa! That looks painful! Here, take this!” *he hands me a water bottle*

Me: “What? Oh! Thanks!”

(I manage to get outside only to find a guy, similarly-dressed, lingering by the door with blood gushing from his nose as well.)

Attendee: “You too, huh?!”

Me: “And right after [Band] told us to calm down!”

(We laugh at our mutual bad luck and share the water bottle to try and wash some of the blood off. Another merch guy pokes his head out.)

Merch Guy #2: “Hey — you guys okay? Can I get you anything?”

Me: “A paper towel or some tissue would be nice; blood doesn’t wash off as well as I’d think.”

Merch Guy #2: “I’ll see what I can do!”

(He disappears for long enough that I figure he’s forgotten about it, when suddenly he returns with two dishcloths.)

Merch Guy #2: “This was the best I could do. Just keep them.”

Attendee: “This will be just fine!”

Me: “Thank you so much!”

(Once we’re more or less cleaned up, we slip back into the venue to watch the tail end of the last act.)

Ticket-taker: “Hey, did you pay to get in?”

Me: *I’m still a little dazed from getting knocked in the head* “Huh?”

Ticket-taker: “The price was technically $10 to get in; did you pay earlier?”

(I start to verify that I paid earlier when I’m interrupted.)

Merch Guy #3: “Aw, come on, leave her alone. The girl paid for this show in BLOOD!”

Ticket-taker: *laughing* “That’s fair. Just keep it in mind next show you come to.”

Me: “You got it!”

(It was just small things, but it was nice to have a bunch of total strangers watching out for me during my first serious mosh pit injury. Gotta love the metal crowd!)

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Goofing Around Is Free

, , , | Right | July 7, 2016

(I am working the register, and a mother with two children comes in. We proceed through the transaction as usual, until the time came for payment. She hands me a $100 bill. I hold it up to the light, as one step of ensuring its authenticity.)

Guest: “When you hold it up the light, he sticks his tongue out.”

(The children giggled, and I smiled.)

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Cats Know Better Than Some Humans

, , , , | Working | July 7, 2016

(My wife and I hire a pet-sitter for our cats, and realize upon meeting him that he is a trans man. We explain about how to care for the cats and then tell him a bit about them.)

Wife: “So anyway, [Name], they are generally good cats. [Cat #1] loves attention from everyone and is really friendly. Here he is. I have to go catch [Cat #2] though. She’s shy.”

(My wife catches Cat #2, but the cat looks at our sitter, scrambles out of my wife’s arms, and runs away again.)

Wife: “I’m sorry. She’s afraid of all guys, basically.”

(Cue our cat-sitter trying to coax our shy cat out from her hiding place, grinning the whole time! He eventually won her over and has worked for us occasionally for about a year since.)

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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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Only Getting Started

, , | Right | July 6, 2016

(I work in a buyout store, where the company buys things for cheap, and sells them cheap. Because of this, we get people who are pretty stingy with their money trying to spend as little as possible. A customer comes up to my register with a pretty full cart.)

Me: “Hello, did you find everything okay?”

Customer: “Yes, I did.”

(The customer then begins quietly saying something about a man coming to visit his seven-year-old daughter. I was thinking maybe it was her son she is talking about, so I just continue ringing up her items.)

Customer: “I’m only getting one thing for myself; the rest is for someone else.”

(The thing she was talking about for herself is a small box of the K-cups for a Keurig, which is only 2.99. The rest of the stuff are pots, pans, some books for a little girl, etc.)

Me: “Okay, your total today comes to $144.54.”

Customer: *as she hands me the money* “I’m not sure where to send this to, or who to give it to.”

Me: “Wait a second, you don’t know this guy?”

Customer: “No, some guy I saw online is coming home to see his seven-year-old daughter, and he doesn’t have anything, so I’m getting him something to start off, and I am not sure who, or where to give all this stuff to.”

Me: *shocked, but my heart was also swelling with happiness* “Wow, there’s not many people who are willing to spend that much on someone they don’t even know. Bless your heart, and I hope you have a wonderful day, and good luck finding the guy!”

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