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on. QUITE A STORY!
'Some people!' snorted a man standing behind me in the
long line at the grocery store.
'You would think the manager would pay attention and open another line,
'said a woman. I looked to the front of the line to see what the hold up
was and saw a well dressed, young woman, trying to get the machine to
accept her credit card. No matter how many times she swiped it, the
machine kept rejecting it. 'It's one of them welfare card things. Damn
people need to get a job like everyone else,' said the man standing
behind me. The young woman turned around to see who had made the
comment. 'It was me,' he said, pointing to himself.
The young lady's face began to change expression. Almost in tears, she
dropped the welfare card onto the counter and quickly walked out of the
store. Everyone in the checkout line watched as she began running to her
car. Never looking back, she got in and drove away. After developing
cancer in 1977 and having had to use food stamps, I had learned never to
judge anyone without knowing the circumstances of their life. This
turned out to be the case today.
Several minutes later a young man walked into the store. He went up to
the cashier and asked if she had seen the woman. After describing her,
the cashier told him that she had run out of the store, got into her
car, and drove away.
'Why would she do that?' asked the man. Everyone in the line looked
around at the fellow who had made the statement. 'I made a stupid
comment about the welfare card she was using. Something I shouldn't have
said. I'm sorry,' said the man. Well, that's bad, real bad, in fact. Her
brother was killed in Afghanistan two years ago. He had three young
children and she has taken on that responsibility. She's twenty years
old, single, and now has three children to support,' he said in a very
'I'm really truly sorry. I didn't know,' he replied, shaking both his
hands about. The young man asked, 'Are these paid for?' pointing to the
shopping cart full of groceries. 'It wouldn't take her card,' the clerk
'Do you know where she lives?' asked the man who had made the comment.
'Yes, she goes to our church.' 'Excuse me,' he said as he made his way
to the front of the line. He pulled out his wallet, took out his credit
card and told the cashier, 'Please use my card. PLEASE!' The clerk took
his credit card and began to ring up the young woman's groceries.
Hold on,' said the gentleman. He walked back to his shopping cart and
began loading his own groceries onto the belt to be included. 'Come on
people. We got three kids to help raise!' he told everyone in line.
Everyone began to place their groceries onto the fast moving belt. A few
customers began bagging the food and placing it into separate carts. 'Go
back and get two big turkeys,' yelled a heavyset woman, as she looked at
the man. 'NO,' yelled the man. Everyone stopped dead in their tracks.
The entire store became quiet for several seconds. 'Four turkeys,'
yelled the man. Everyone began laughing and went back to work.
When all was said and done, the man paid a total of
$1,646.57 for the groceries. He then walked over to the side, pulled out
his check book, and began writing a check using the bags of dog food
piled near the front of the store for a writing surface. He turned
around and handed the check to the young man. 'She will need a freezer
and a few other things as well,' he told the man.
The young man looked at the check and said, 'This is really very
generous of you.'
'No,' said the man. 'Her brother was the generous one.'
Everyone in the store had been observing the odd commotion and began to
clap. And I drove home that day feeling very American.
We live in the Land of the free, because of the Brave!!! Remember our
Troops of Yesterday and Today!!!
A great example of why we should be kind and patient.
Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. May
This Keep Going, It Will Open A Lot Of Eyes, Hopefully Heart, And Keep
Some Mouths Shut.