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.)

Saving Her And Saving Them A Ticket

| Long Island, NY, USA | Awesome, Employees

(I’m working my very first job at 16 years old. I work in a small, privately owned movie theater. This theater only has three screens, so even when it’s busy, it’s not really packed. This takes place about half an hour before the first screening of the day, around noon-ish. I am working concessions and the only other people in the lobby are a young girl around my age and an older, slightly creepy man. They seem to be having a conversation, but the girl looks uncomfortable. I decide to intervene.)

Me: *approached the girl* “I’m sorry, miss, but can I see your ticket?”

(The girl looks confused, but hands me her ticket.)

Me: “I’m sorry, miss, but there’s a problem with your ticket. Could you come with me?”

(I lead the girl outside.)

Me: “Do you know that man?”

Girl: *obviously relieved* “No! He just started talking to me; I’m supposed to meet my friends here!”

Me: “All right, stay out here until your friends arrive. If there’s any more trouble, just come get me and I’ll take care of it.”

(At this point the girl was so relieved she was near tears. I kept an eye on her through the window to make sure she was safe until her friends came.)

A Movie Happy-Ending

| DE, USA | Kind Strangers, Movies & TV, Popular

(I am a teenage girl. My mother and I decide to go out and catch a movie that recently came out. A massive thunderstorm starts just as we are leaving, knocking the power out of most of the area. As we’re driving we realize that we are almost out of gas and none of the gas stations we pass have power. We finally find a station that is pumping gas, but its credit card machines aren’t working and my mom only has two dollars in cash. Somehow we finally make it to the theater. It’s very crowded even though it’s only a Tuesday evening. We get in line for tickets behind a woman who is with her family. As my mom and I are discussing show times, the woman turns to us.)

Woman: “Oh, are you going to see [Movie], too?”

Mom: “Yes, it’s just the two of us at home tonight so we’d thought we’d go to the movies.”

Woman: “My daughter and I had gotten two tickets earlier, but now the whole family wants to come so we’re getting more.”

(We continue making small-talk until we reach the ticket booth, where we discover that they’re sold out. My mom and I are both disappointed that after everything we went through to get here, we can’t see the movie, and we go to walk out of the theater. Halfway to our car we decide to go back in and see if we can get tickets for a later showing, thinking we can get dinner first and then come back to see the movie at 9:30 or 10. As we again go back inside to head to the ticket booth, we see the woman who we met in line. She waves us over.)

Woman: “I was hoping I’d find you two. They were sold out of tickets so the rest of the family can’t go, but my daughter and I didn’t want to go alone.” *she hands us the two tickets she said she had bought earlier* “Here you go. God bless you.”

Mom: *astonished* “Oh– Thank you!”

(The woman and her family left before we could thank her properly, and my mom and I were so shocked we didn’t know what to do! We greatly enjoyed the movie, and told everyone about what had happened the next day. To the lady who gave us her tickets, we are so grateful for your kindness!)

You Got A Friend In Me

| London, England, UK | Hall of Fame, Kind Strangers, Movies & TV, Popular

(It’s 1995 and I’m 15 and going through a very bad time in my life. One day I go into my local cinema just to use the toilet, and as I’m in the foyer about to leave a woman comes up to me.)

Woman: “Excuse me, would you like this ticket to see this new film?”

Me: “I can’t afford to buy that from you, but the box office will give you a refund.”

Woman: “I know, but I’d like you to have it. We have one spare and it’s yours if you want it. You don’t have to give me any money; I just want you to enjoy this film.”

Me: *almost at the point of tears, at this generosity* “Well, thank you. Thank you so much!”

(The film was ‘Toy Story.’ Lady, it’s been twenty years, but you showed me how a simple act of kindness can make someone’s life so much better. Thank you.)