Have you ever seen someone in need, but froze instead of helping them? I’ll admit it, it happens to me all the time. For some reason, even though we’re taught at an early age to help those less fortunate than us, as we grow older it seems like society encourages us to ignore them. Well in the following story, you’ll hear about a woman that was standing in line for the cashier at a grocery store when the young couple ahead of her were receiving a hard time from the cashier. What the woman does in response is something that truly inspired me….
“After paying for my groceries today I was preparing to walk away and I see the cashier rolling her eyes and sucking her teeth as a young lady and young man, (who obviously didn’t have a lot of money) were putting up their groceries, I had a really strong feeling that I was supposed to stay close to these youngsters. Well I stayed and watched as the cashier slammed through their things — the final total was $123.40.
The young girl looked nervous, but scanned her food stamp card and again the cashier rolled her eyes and smirked when it came back that the balance was only $95.30 on the card and she took great pleasure in repeating this, so I stepped up and said, “First of all you need to lower your voice, and second I’m gonna help them out and don’t you roll your eyes at me I’m not a young girl.” She didn’t say a word.
I took out my coupons and stood there very slowly went through all 3 of my coupon carriers, after finding what I could for these young people I hand them to the cashier then gave her my E-card so they got double the coupons and it really seemed to piss the cashier off, the young lady and young man were so excited because they not only had enough but the $123.40 went down to $68.22.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve had young people jumping on me so happy and excited. After they packed up and we were walking away I looked at the cashier and said “Why?”. She looked like she was gonna cry, but said nothing! People, what does it take to change the very essence of ignorance? Why is it easier for some to hate or belittle than to love and encourage? What did it cost me to help these young people, NOTHING but some coupons that I can just print up more.
Just Paying It Forward!!”