Category: Holidays

Another Reason To Be Thankful

| GA, USA | Awesome, Holidays

(It’s Thanksgiving, which is one of our busiest days of the year, so almost all of the staff has to work. One of our more frequent regulars is coming in. From what I can gather from past interactions with him, he’s a very wealthy person.)

Me: “Good afternoon, sir.”

Customer: “Hey, how’s it going?”

Me: “I’m doing all right. How about you?”

Customer: “Good to hear. Good to hear.”

(He then pulls out his wallet and hands me $20.)

Me: “Wait… are you serious?!”

Customer: “Just wanted to let you guys know you’re doing a great job. Happy Thanksgiving.”

Me: “Wow, thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!”

(He then proceeded to hand out twenties to the rest of the staff. He even came back the next day to make sure he didn’t miss anyone. He was always a nice guy, but this is above and beyond his usual actions.)

Kind Strangers Kindness

Tipped To Be A Good Christmas

| GA, USA | Holidays, Kind Strangers

(I work for a popular chain pizza place as a delivery expert. It’s a week before Christmas and money is extremely tight. My husband and I have three kids between us and we don’t know how or if we are getting them gifts this year. We don’t even have a tree yet. I’m delivering to a frequent customer but this is my first time getting her order. When she opens the door she has three Christmas bows stuck to her shirt.)

Me: “Hello, Mrs. [Customer]. Doing some gift wrapping?”

Customer: *noticing the bows* “Oops, forgot they were there. How much do I owe you?”

Me: “$22.75… Don’t worry about the bows. I’m hoping that I make good money today so I can finally go get some things for my boys.” *note I was just making small talk*

Customer: “You have kids… How many?”

Me: “Between the two of us we have three, ages 18, 17, and 2. They are a handful but darn it we love them.”

(Cue laughter from both of us.)

Customer: “Well, here you go, and a $10 tip for you!”

Me: “Ma’am, thank you. You are my first and possibly only tip today and this is going straight to the boys’ Christmas.”

Customer: “Hey, hold right there a moment. I’m going to be right back.”

Me: *confused* “Okay… I won’t move.”

(She runs into the house and is gone three minutes tops. She comes running back, out of breath.)

Customer: “Here I want you to make the boys Christmas great. Promise me it goes to them and you can take this extra $20 for them, too.”

Me: *in tears at this point* “Ma’am, you have no idea how much you just made my whole year.”

Customer: “I do know how much I made your year, young lady. I raised four kids and worked my butt off for minimum wage and several times I was a delivery driver or waitress. I just finally put my youngest through college. I just want you to make Christmas a pleasant time for the kids so they have great memories when they go to college and leave you like they left me.”

Me: *still crying* “Can I hug you?”

(Laughing at my reaction, the customer hugged me and assured me I will make it through this rough patch. She told me to kiss my boys everyday and love them even when I don’t like them. The amazing woman gave me a $30 tip on a $22 order and I bought each of the boys something special with it that night. Thank you, kind woman! I hope I can help a struggling mother one day the way you helped me.)

Adorable Children

Boxes Of Goodness

| USA | Adorable Children, Holidays

(I am working the register a little before the Easter season begins when a woman and her three-year-old daughter approach me.)

Me: “Hi, how are you?”

Customer: “I’m good. Do you remember those boxes of food that you guys were selling for the food bank around Thanksgiving?”

Me: “Yes.”

Customer: “Well I was just wondering if you are going to be selling them again during the Easter season?”

Me: “No, unfortunately we only sell them around Thanksgiving.”

Customer: “Oh, okay. I was just wondering because my daughter saved up all her money during that time and bought two or three boxes with it.”

Me: *to her daughter* “That’s awesome!! You’re such a good little girl!”

(It made me smile to think about a three-year-old making a huge difference to families who wouldn’t have food otherwise.)

Not Looking This Gift Horse In The Mouth

| Cleveland, OH, USA | Holidays, Transportation

(Around Christmas-time, I’m walking to the bus stop from work, a trip that takes about ten minutes. It’s cold and dark and I’m just going about my business walking where I need to go. I pass by a horse-drawn carriage getting set up and admire the horse as I walk past. By the time I get to a crosswalk, the carriage is ready and the horse starts moving. I cross in front of the carriage, jokingly thinking to myself that I don’t want to get run over by a horse. A few moments later the driver calls out to me.)

Driver: “Hey, you!”

(I turn around, hoping I didn’t somehow do something wrong.)

Driver: “Hop in!”

Me: “Oh, thank you!”

(I ended up getting a free ride to the bus stop via horse-drawn carriage. Once we got there, I had to thank the driver again.)

Me: “Thanks again.”

Driver: “No problem. Merry Christmas!”

A Sweet Start To The New Year

| St. Louis, MO, USA | Holidays, Kind Strangers

It is New Year’s Eve. A customer comes into the lobby with his young son and orders food and randomly asks how many people we have working. The rather confused cashier tells him how many people we have and then he tells her that he will be right back.

Ten minutes later he comes back with his food and he and his son are carrying full size candy bars. He and his son had bought enough candy bars that every worker could have one. He thanked us for being open on the holidays and apologized for taking so long as his son wanted to pick them out special.

Faith in humanity was restored for the six of us working that night.

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