A Movie Happy-Ending

, , | DE, USA | Hopeless | June 1, 2016

(I am a teenage girl. My mother and I decide to go out and catch a movie that recently came out. A massive thunderstorm starts just as we are leaving, knocking the power out of most of the area. As we’re driving we realize that we are almost out of gas and none of the gas stations we pass have power. We finally find a station that is pumping gas, but its credit card machines aren’t working and my mom only has two dollars in cash. Somehow we finally make it to the theater. It’s very crowded even though it’s only a Tuesday evening. We get in line for tickets behind a woman who is with her family. As my mom and I are discussing show times, the woman turns to us.)

Woman: “Oh, are you going to see [Movie], too?”

Mom: “Yes, it’s just the two of us at home tonight so we’d thought we’d go to the movies.”

Woman: “My daughter and I had gotten two tickets earlier, but now the whole family wants to come so we’re getting more.”

(We continue making small-talk until we reach the ticket booth, where we discover that they’re sold out. My mom and I are both disappointed that after everything we went through to get here, we can’t see the movie, and we go to walk out of the theater. Halfway to our car we decide to go back in and see if we can get tickets for a later showing, thinking we can get dinner first and then come back to see the movie at 9:30 or 10. As we again go back inside to head to the ticket booth, we see the woman who we met in line. She waves us over.)

Woman: “I was hoping I’d find you two. They were sold out of tickets so the rest of the family can’t go, but my daughter and I didn’t want to go alone.” *she hands us the two tickets she said she had bought earlier* “Here you go. God bless you.”

Mom: *astonished* “Oh– Thank you!”

(The woman and her family left before we could thank her properly, and my mom and I were so shocked we didn’t know what to do! We greatly enjoyed the movie, and told everyone about what had happened the next day. To the lady who gave us her tickets, we are so grateful for your kindness!)

You Got A Friend In Me

, , , | London, England, UK | Hopeless | April 4, 2016

(It’s 1995 and I’m 15 and going through a very bad time in my life. One day I go into my local cinema just to use the toilet, and as I’m in the foyer about to leave a woman comes up to me.)

Woman: “Excuse me, would you like this ticket to see this new film?”

Me: “I can’t afford to buy that from you, but the box office will give you a refund.”

Woman: “I know, but I’d like you to have it. We have one spare and it’s yours if you want it. You don’t have to give me any money; I just want you to enjoy this film.”

Me: *almost at the point of tears, at this generosity* “Well, thank you. Thank you so much!”

(The film was ‘Toy Story.’ Lady, it’s been twenty years, but you showed me how a simple act of kindness can make someone’s life so much better. Thank you.)

An Act Of Kindness Fit For The Movies

, , , , | AB, Canada | Hopeless | March 23, 2016

(I am seasonal associate around Christmas time. An elderly customer is purchasing items at my register.)

Customer: *hands me a DVD* “Do you know if [Movie] is any good?”

Me: “Well, I have heard great things, but sadly I haven’t seen it.”

Customer: “Why not? A young guy like you doesn’t go to the movies with his girlfriend?”

Me: “My boyfriend used to take me to the movies all the time, then we broke up and I just haven’t been able to afford to go to the movies. I’m saving my money for Christmas presents for the family. Alright, sir, your total today is [total]; will that be cash, debit, or credit?”

Customer: “Oh, I see… debit please.”

(Because the customer never says a word to me when I tell him I’m gay, I think he might just be someone who thinks that it is wrong. He pays, walks off, and five minutes later comes back with another shopping bag and hands it to me.)

Customer: “Merry Christmas.”

Me: “Sorry?”

Customer: “Merry Christmas; you are probably one of the kindest cashiers that I have met. Merry Christmas, and I hope your soulmate sweeps you off of your feet.”

(After the customer left, I opened the bag and there were a bunch of new release DVDs in the bag, with the receipt as a proof that they were paid for. I asked my manager what to do and she told me to keep them. I still have them, and I watch them every Christmas!)

A Ban On The Banner, A Fan Of The (Wayne) Manor

, , , , , , | Rexburg, ID, USA | Learning | July 2, 2013

(My professor is going to have a baby boy soon.)

Professor: “Now, who can tell me what radiation is?”

Student: “It’s what made the Hulk!”

Professor: “No! We don’t talk about the Hulk. That’s bad science. He’s my least favorite Avenger, because mass doesn’t work that way. No.”

Me: “But you said you were naming your baby Bruce!”

Professor: *looks me dead in the eye* “Batman.”

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Masters’ Degrees Of The Universe

, , , , , , | The Netherlands | Learning | April 26, 2013

(I have recently started a college program focusing on video game creation. Needless to say, most of the students and teachers are a little geeky. I’ve just made some drawings for a group project and need to scan them, but I am having issues getting the scanner to work.)

Me: “Excuse me, [name of teacher]. I can’t seem to get the scanner to work. Could you help me with that?”

Teacher: “Sure, let’s have a look.”

(We go back to the scanner and I put one of my drawings on the scanner bed.)

Teacher: “Now look, here’s what you do…”

(He proceeds to stand in front of the scanner, and dramatically raises his arms.)

Teacher: “BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!”

(After a few moments of silence he calmly turns back to me while I’m left staring at him rather flabbergasted.)

Teacher: “And if that doesn’t work, you try this…”

(He then moves to the computer attached to the scanner, and shows me the menu option I’d overlooked. Within a minute, I had my scans. The man is still one of my favorite teachers.)

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