I don't consider myself a liberal do-gooder "save the world" type...but this i had to do earlier today...

  • rnch

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    Aug 10, 2010 6:35 PM GMT
    i was "making groceries" (as we say here in new orleans) at the local save-a-lot store, standing in the lengthy check out line, waiting to pay for my ground turkey meat and skin milk.

    in front of me was an elderly lady, walking with a pronounced limp, dragging her "old lady" 2 wheeled, wire framed personal shopping cart behind her.

    she slowly put her few items (a box of mac & cheese, one can of tuna fish, a package of store brand bologna and a smashed, marked down loaf of bread) on the checkout belt roller and shuffled towards the cashier.

    after her $4.86 transaction was rung up; she tried several times to render payment by swiping her state sponsored food stamp debit card thru the electronic reader. it wasn't working for her.

    with the impatience and arrogance that only those below the age of 30 can have, the cashier said "yo' card ain't woikin' lady. use gotta pay fo' dis with real money".

    the elderly lay opened her coin purse (yes, a real coin purse...haven't seen one of those since my grandmother went to heaven) and fumbled thru it. glancing over her (maybe) 5 foot tall shoulder, i can see all she had in the purse was a single dollar bill and a few pennies.

    conquering my life long frugal and "stay outta things that don't affect me nature", I quickly slipped a five dollar bill out of my pocket and quietly dropped it on the floor, between her and I.

    i then tapped her on the arm and said "miss, it looks like you must have dropped some money on the floor when you opened your purse. look down there!"

    she looked down at the floor, looked up at me and shook her head no.

    i then said "here, let me pick it up for you". i did so and put it on the little table next to the credit card machine.

    the look on her old, wrinkled, sun blotched face, her eyes filled with tears, made ME want to "puddle up" also.

    i mean, what the heck...it was just a five spot...hell, i spend that much on useless lottery/powerball tickets each week, for chrisssakes.

    i've been seeing her face in my mind all day now.
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:02 PM GMT
    Oh I like you now. And you did it in a way which didnĀ“t "show her up" in front of the clerk either.

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    Aug 10, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    rnch saidi was "making groceries" (as we say here in new orleans) at the local save-a-lot store, standing in the lengthy check out line, waiting to pay for my ground turkey meat and skin milk.

    in front of me was an elderly lady, walking with a pronounced limp, dragging her "old lady" 2 wheeled, wire framed personal shopping cart behind her.

    she slowly put her few items (a box of mac & cheese, one can of tuna fish, a package of store brand bologna and a smashed, marked down loaf of bread) on the checkout belt roller and shuffled towards the cashier.

    after her $4.86 transaction was rung up; she tried several times to render payment by swiping her state sponsored food stamp debit card thru the electronic reader. it wasn't working for her.

    with the impatience and arrogance that only those below the age of 30 can have, the cashier said "yo' card ain't woikin' lady. use gotta pay fo' dis with real money".

    the elderly lay opened her coin purse (yes, a real coin purse...haven't seen one of those since my grandmother went to heaven) and fumbled thru it. glancing over her (maybe) 5 foot tall shoulder, i can see all she had in the purse was a single dollar bill and a few pennies.

    conquering my life long frugal and "stay outta things that don't affect me nature", I quickly slipped a five dollar bill out of my pocket and quietly dropped it on the floor, between her and I.

    i then tapped her on the arm and said "miss, it looks like you must have dropped some money on the floor when you opened your purse. look down there!"

    she looked down at the floor, looked up at me and shook her head no.

    i then said "here, let me pick it up for you". i did so and put it on the little table next to the credit card machine.

    the look on her old, wrinkled, sun blotched face, her eyes filled with tears, made ME want to "puddle up" also.

    i mean, what the heck...it was just a five spot...hell, i spend that much on useless lottery/powerball tickets each week, for chrisssakes.

    i've been seeing her face in my mind all day now.



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    I once gave a $5 bill to a homeless lady who was crying and said she missed her bus home, but after walking to my car, I saw her running down the street two blocks to a liquor store. LOL...
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:17 PM GMT

    ...and so I see in your confession,
    my own 'magnificent obsession'.



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    Aug 10, 2010 7:27 PM GMT
    Nice job.

    Hopefully "conservative do-gooders" would have done the same thing.

    I'm not one of those, of course. But I am assuming they exist.
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:32 PM GMT
    Wow rnch, Good for you. Reading your story I could picture her face. Thanks for being you!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    Love you man.
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:33 PM GMT
    rnch saidi was "making groceries" (as we say here in new orleans) at the local save-a-lot store, standing in the lengthy check out line, waiting to pay for my ground turkey meat and skin milk.
    ...
    They're making milk out of skin now?
  • rnch

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    Aug 10, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    rnch saidi was "making groceries" (as we say here in new orleans) at the local save-a-lot store, standing in the lengthy check out line, waiting to pay for my ground turkey meat and skin milk.
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    They're making milk out of skin now?


    a local take on the rest-of-the-world description of this milk variation. icon_wink.gif

    native new orleanians have their own unique vocabularity.
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    ME LOVES YOU!!! icon_biggrin.gif

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    BTW, "making groceries" sounds like something very creole.. like we say in the islands, like the french "faire des courses"
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:42 PM GMT
    I've seen a similar scenerorio... except I was the cashier (I was 17 at the time--and no I was NOT arrogant nor impatient!) and there was a family of four. But no one was behind this family to give them money.

    I had to watch while a mother and father (with two kids) decided what foods to put back on the shelf because they couldn't afford the entire transaction. This family was dressed in rags--they bought no junk food and barely any processed foods. Yet, they couldn't afford the fruits and veggies they wanted to buy.

    I had almost $100 dollars in my pocket--however, my manager was just a few feet away. If I would have given them money I would have lost my job on the spot.

    Sometimes I wonder if I made the right decision.
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    rnch saidnative new orleanians have their own unique vocabularity.
    I ain't never hearda nuthin like that. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 10, 2010 7:47 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    rnch saidnative new orleanians have their own unique vocabularity.
    I ain't never hearda nuthin like that. icon_razz.gif


    *nuttin like dat*
  • solak

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    Aug 10, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    gjdm! except why stop there?

    we volunteer twice a week and its "encouraged" for volunteers to pay for their little brothers/sisters' lunch, which we all oblige since some of their parents don't use the welfare coupons for food.

    i say join a volunteer group and make it weekly thing, you can always do moreicon_smile.gif

    i mean whats 5 dollars in the long-run.
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    Aug 10, 2010 8:01 PM GMT
    conscienti1984 said
    I had almost $100 dollars in my pocket--however, my manager was just a few feet away. If I would have given them money I would have lost my job on the spot.


    Pardon my ignorance... why would your manager care what you did with your own money?
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    Aug 10, 2010 8:05 PM GMT
    What you did was


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    Aug 10, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    You did a wonderful thing expecting nothing in return. YOU are an exemplary example of how everyone should treat others. I'm guessing you scored major karma points on that one, and you rightly deserve it. Actions like this totally make my day.
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    Aug 10, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
    wow you are a really good person!
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    Aug 10, 2010 8:51 PM GMT
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    Aug 10, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
    Now that's one of the things that makes a man attractive and desirable!
    N'Orleans and humanity are lucky to have you.
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    Aug 10, 2010 9:47 PM GMT
    That's always a good feeling. Better to assist someone in these circumstances than hand it over to Uncle Sam to squander.

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    Aug 10, 2010 10:16 PM GMT
    That is so nice and sweet of you.
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    Aug 10, 2010 10:19 PM GMT
    FitExecutive said
    conscienti1984 said
    I had almost $100 dollars in my pocket--however, my manager was just a few feet away. If I would have given them money I would have lost my job on the spot.


    Pardon my ignorance... why would your manager care what you did with your own money?


    It's a store policy. Someone was fired for doing it to one of their friends a few months before this incident happened. I don't know the rationale behind the policy though.
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    Aug 10, 2010 10:25 PM GMT
    It's really the way in which you did it that was incredible. I wouldn't have thought of that method, but I'd like to think that I would have offered to buy the groceries. +2 for you.