So a few weeks ago I was in Aldi doing our food shop for the week and there was a couple in front of me about the same age as my folks. They put all their items through and then went to pay. Then their card was declined! The lady was like I have some cash, so she put the cash through and then went to put the balance on their card which once again unfortunately for them, declined.
The lady said, what do we do now – I’ll take some items off! Now, I was behind them in the queue and I don’t really do queues and to be honest they didn’t have anything extravagant in their trolley! They had one case of beer which was the first item the lady went to take off, when I piped up and said – don’t worry about it I’ll get it!
They all looked at me stunned, the couple and the teller, and I said ‘I mean it, I’m happy to get those for you’. A part of the act was probably selfish, I didn’t want to wait while they worked out $50 of items to take out, and another part of me would like to think that people would do that for me if I ever needed it.
The lady was shocked and said no you won’t, but I said it’s not a big deal, I don’t mind helping – it’s good karma! God love her, she wasn’t going to accept, but I managed to talk her into it. If they’d had a trolley load of booze I don’t think I would have done it, but they didn’t have anything crazy in their trolley and even the beer – it was a Friday and I didn’t want to think they’d miss out on a beer on a weekend!
The lady asked for my phone number so she could repay me – and whilst I could have given it, I refused. I didn’t want her to feel uncomfortable. She held my hand and I could feel the appreciation from her – and whilst it’s not something I’ll do every week – I was more than happy to pick up the balance and help them out.
I told her my name but that’s all I would divulge. She asked the teller if he knew me – which obviously he didn’t – and I just popped my card in and paid the balance.
The lady behind me in the queue said you’ve brought tears to my eyes! She asked if I’d been listening to a radio station (I don’t remember which) and I hadn’t as I’d been at work – she said they’d been talking about random acts of kindness that morning and she was amazed to see one being carried out in front of her!
The teller said thanks to me too, that it was one of the nicest things he’d ever seen and that he hoped I’d have the best weekend!
Whilst it might be bit crazy, and obviously quite rare – I didn’t think too much about it! I posted it on my personal Facebook and got heaps of comments…which I strangely felt guilty about. I didn’t do it for praise, I could afford to do it – and it made me feel happy!
It got me thinking, have you ever been part of a random act of kindness?