"She was getting quite upset about it so I just handed her my [Eftpos] card," she said.
Though the total was only $17.30, the elderly woman was obviously touched by the gesture. “And then she gave me a hug,” Ms Mclean said.
"Afterwards I just felt really good," she said. "I just was really happy that I had put a smile on someone’s face."
We’ve all experienced the frustration that comes with exceedingly slow service at a restaurant, and perhaps even the temptation to leave a very small tip when your food finally arrives (usually cold). But one Cedar Rapids, Iowa couple decided to leave a $100 tip (a 150-percent on a $66 tab), after waiting more than an hour to get their food. Why? Because Mackenzie and Steve Schultz, who now own a barbecue restaurant together, noticed that the restaurant was understaffed, and that their waiter had to cover 12 tables by himself, plus the bar, and they remembered the days before their own success. They left the tip with the note, “we’ve been in your shoes. Paying it forward.”
KTXS-TV reported the man was in a white truck at a Chick-fil-A in Abilene on Monday night when he gave the money to the restaurant.
The man ‘told employees he wanted to pay for everyone in the drive-thru line behind him’ for as long as the cash lasted,’ the affiliate station reported.
Source: Daily Mail
"Do you remember the happiest moment of your life?"
"One day, I was sent home from my final exams because my mother had not been able to pay the registration fees. On the way home, a man came up to me and asked what was wrong. ‘Nothing,’ I told him. He asked me again. So I told him that I’d been sent home from school. He then gave me the money I needed to take my exams. I’d never seen him before, and I’ve never seen him again."
This story was submitted to me, but she requested her username not be used, so I copy and pasted it to a new post.
I was in line at the grocery store recently and the guy in front of me was having trouble paying for his groceries. His food stamps card was declined. He was on his way out of the store when I turned to the check out girl and told her I would pay for the guy’s groceries. She was in disbelief. She asked me if I was sure maybe ten times before calling the guy back over. Everyone around looked at me like I was insane.
God knows I’ve begged for money, sold things I wish I didn’t have to sell, eaten meals at Salvation Army, frequented the food bank, and let other people buy me meals often enough. I’ve been through a lot since then and have made my way to the financial middle class. It would have been terrible of me to just ignore this guy and let him leave without his $20.53 cents of groceries. He asked me if I was sure and said “it’s a lot of money” and thanked me. I remember the days when $20.53 was not an amount of money I could afford to give to another person.
On my way out of the store the security guy at the door told me it was very nice of me. I just kind of shrugged. I shrugged because I was so confused about the whole thing. The check out girl not believing I would do something like that. Everyone but the security guy looking at me like I was out of my mind.
If you decide to post this story, please don’t include my username. I don’t want any sort of recognition for such a simple act. I just hope people realize that tiny little things can help people out so much. That $20.53 wasn’t a big deal to me. But, to this guy, it was twenty dollars of food that he couldn’t afford. I’m grateful that I was able to help and I hope I’m given more opportunities to do so.
Five friends are hitting the streets this summer, spreading acts of random kindness to strangers around the country through a nonprofit organization called ARK Project Now.
They’ve traveled 6,000 miles in an RV doing simple acts with the mission of creating an epidemic of kindness.
"Kindness communicates value so no matter how large or small an act, it communicates value with people," said Ted Thatcher, one of the friends who helped start the project.
—Spreading kindness and traveling, sounds like a great time to me!