Pay It Forward, On Repeat

| AZ, USA | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

(I’m at the theatre on Christmas with a friend of mine. We pass out little gift bags of chocolate to workers when we go on holidays to make it a little bit better for them. My friend decided to do something different today.)

Friend: “I’d like a ticket to Sherlock and I’d like to buy the ticket of the person behind me.”

Cashier: “Um, well, we don’t know what they want to see and—”

Friend: “Okay, can I have a $25 gift card, and then can you use it on them?”

Cashier: “Yeah, I can do that!”

(My friend pays and hands him a bag of candy.)

Next Customer: “Two for Sherlock, please.”

Cashier: “Your tickets has been paid for!”

Next Customer: “No way! Cool, can I do the same for the people behind me?”

(When we came out of the movie, the line was still going with people paying for the ones behind them. The manager approached us and looked like she was about to cry. After we gave her our last gift bag, she gave my friend and me free passes, saying no one had ever done a pay it forward line before at her theatre and this was making her holiday so much better.)

Christmas Time, Mistletoe And Overtime

| UT, USA | Holidays, Theme Of The Month

(It’s Christmas evening in 2011, and I’m working in the box office. Towards the end of my shift, a woman approaches with her eyes wide, and a hand on her chest. The following question had been asked in varying forms throughout my shift, but this woman went above and beyond everyone else.)

Me: “Welcome to [Company].”

Customer: “Why are you working right now? It’s Christmas!”

Me: “Well, Christmas is the busiest day of the year for us, so we have to have enough staff here to help out. I honestly don’t mind—”

Customer: “But it’s Christmas! They shouldn’t make you work!”

Me: “Well, I was able to have Christmas morning with my family, so it’s been a nice day.”

Customer: “That’s horrible! You should have the whole day with your family! They shouldn’t make you guys work on Christmas. They should let you go home.”

Me: *smiling agreeably* “Can I get you any tickets?”

Customer: “Oh, yeah! Give me two tickets to War Horse. I’ve been waiting for so long to see this! My husband said we shouldn’t go during Christmas, but I couldn’t wait another day.”

Coworker: *after she leaves* “None of the people who ask that question realize that them coming to watch a movie today, is exactly why we’re here on Christmas.”

These Seats Are Mine Because I Did The Time

| Phoenix, AZ, USA | Bad Behavior, Crazy Requests, Family & Kids, Movies & TV

(Opening night for new movies is extremely busy. Lines start forming an hour before the movie starts. My friends and I go to see a new movie, stand in line for 90 minutes, and get our perfect seats – back center. As the theater fills up, people coming in start asking others to move over so they can sit together.)

New Guy: “Can you guys move over so we can sit together?”

Me: “No.”

New Guy: “Excuse me?”

Me: “There’s plenty of open seats. If you want to sit together, sit somewhere else.”

(The guy walks away and comes back a few minutes later with an usher and a smug smile.)

Usher: “Sir, could you please move over so these people can sit together?”

Me: “Sure. Just give me a gift card to cover the cost of my and my friends’ tickets.”

Usher: “What?”

Me: “We got here an hour and half early to get these seats. If you want us to move, then refund us the cost of our tickets. Otherwise, this guy who walked in 10 minutes before the movie starts can sit somewhere else.”

Usher: *turns to the other customer* “Sir, there are plenty of other seats to choose from in the theater.”