If you want to have a little brake from crazy people getting uncontrollably mad on your everedge Joe, I offer you a nice, short story that happened to me a few days back.
I was grocery shopping after work, wearing black skinny jeans with grey and blue hoodie and dark blue mask.
This stores employees are wearing the same type of jeans but with a red vest.
I was taking a bottle of mayo off the shelf when I heard a gentle tap on my back. I put my earbuds on transparency by reflex and turn to see a small woman in her 60′ or 70′ and I immediately heave a mental sigh or relief to see that she wears her mask correctly. (It’s one of my pet peeves)
The old woman says in a sweet voice (and I’m gonna paraphrase because this conversation happened in my mother tongue):
– “Excuse me Sonny, can you please get me that?” (Points at a bottle of BBQ sauce on the top shelf)
I say a polite sure while taking it off and puting it in her shopping basket. And I was just about to go back to my music when I hear another:
-“Uhm sorry, can you please help me a little bit more, it’ll only take a minute of your time”
I smile and agree than I offer to carry her, quite heavy basket.
As soon as we got all her missing items, non of them were in her reach, I lend her basket to her and when she takes it she puts a bill in my hand, equivalent of 3usd (keep it mind that my country didn’t went through decades of inflation so it’s worth more)
I say as soon as I recognize what’s happening:
– “Oh this really unnecessary. I was happy to help!”
She says: -” Nonsense, Sonny, you were really nice and helped me out, I can tell you take your job seriously.”
It took me a few seconds to realize that she thought I was working there so I tell her that I wasn’t.
This is her turn to take a few seconds to process what I said, than she gets visibly embarrassed. She mumbles:
-“Than why didn’t you tell me?”
I say: -“Well, you didn’t ask”
We both laugh and she says: -“Well now you especially deserve that money”
Than we exchange goodbyes and I go to get the rest of my things but this encounter left me smiling till the rest of the day.
Edit: Thank you all so much for the awards. I didn’t expect to get any but I am really happy that you enjoyed this story.