I Gave a Stranger My Last $5, Would You?
Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time.
I was at Wal-Mart tonight, and got in line behind a woman getting some feminine products, some chocolate, and water, but she didn't have all the cash she needed so she put the water back.. then the chocolate… and I was like “Woah, nooo wait don't put that back. It's chocolate. I have some cash!” It was funny because I NEVER have cash!
I have been saving a $5 bill in my wallet all week for a mocha tonight (my one guilty pleasure!). I took my trip to Wal-Mart, hurrying through because I knew I'd get my mocha frappe afterwards. I was really excited… I could taste the mocha…. drool.
But when this woman didn't have enough cash, I didn't even think twice about handing it to her. She tried to hand me the change (she was only like $1.50 short) and I said no. Even though it was my last $5, and it was for my mocha, her needs definitely trumped mine at that point. She was so happy, she couldn't stop saying thank you.
The woman told me I was “so nice”, and she was just so thankful. It made me think, wouldn't everyone have done the same thing? I don't see it as so nice, I see it as something you just DO. I mean maybe not everyone but I would think most people, seeing a woman struggle to buy feminine hygiene products, would have a little tug at their heart strings and give her the extra cash if they had it. I know not everyone has the cash, and like I said normally I don't, but it got me thinking… so I wanted to ask you guys!
I'm really glad the woman needed the money. I'm happy I chose that line, when there were shorter ones. I'm thankful we were put there at the same time, so I could help her. Best of all,
The woman saved me 500 calories!
So, that made it totally worth it, right? :)
If the person in front of you needed a few bucks to finish their transaction, and you had the money, would you give it?
Would it depend on what they were buying?
I read a story on Cafemom the other day where a woman was going to help another person with her groceries, but then she saw her cart was full of junk food so she changed her mind.
So if you would help, does it depend on what was in the cart?
I can honestly say I wouldn't buy booze or cigarettes, but other than that I would definitely help out if I had the money.