I was tired- I worked until six thirty tonight and needed to run into the store to pick up broccoli to make a broccoli salad for work tomorrow. I went to the one that is one my way home- I dislike this grocery store immensely. So I walk through the store- pick up the three things I needed and got in line to check out. It was a mess- the person two in front of me had three separate items they had to price check. Once she was done, the guy in front of me pulled out his checkbook. I am not going to lie- that drives me batty when someone writes a check at the grocery store. Plus he had milk and mayo- his bill came to $4.45. I was not really paying attention to what he was doing, I was eyeing
The guy behind me just looked at me while the cashier started to ring up my order and said he couldn't believe that I had done that. I shrugged my shoulder and made some comment about putting karma in the bank. The guy looked at me and said that the kid probably pulled this all the time and it was probably some scam that he had running to get people to pay for the groceries. I just shrugged my shoulders again and said that if it was a scam then I guess I got off easy and picked up my groceries and left.
I drove home and was thinking about the guy behind me.
How sad is it that someone is so jaded that the first reaction that someone would have had would be that negative.
I felt pity for the guy.
And then I thought, so what if the guy scammed me?
It doesn't matter who he was or what he was doing.
Maybe he was a college kid who forgot his wallet at home
Maybe he was a young dad who had a screaming child waiting at home for the milk
Maybe he was a millionaire who simply forgot his wallet
What difference does it make?
That five dollars would have ended up buying me breakfast tomorrow morning or a pack of cigarettes or any other random thing that costs five dollars that I probably wouldn't remember tomorrow.
Instead, I got to make someone smile, and pay it forward a bit....far more important to remember that than the guy behind me who was so jaded.