Speaking Without Thinking

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Hound dog, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    I saw this story today and thought it a good reminder to all of us:

    '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.

    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 firm voice.

    '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 told him.

    '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

    '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.

    You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will
    be too late...
  2. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    A great story and a timely reminder in this season of shopping for holidays and long lines of tired people. Our soldiers give so much, and get so little in return. I must say that it makes me ASHAMED to know that many, if not most, of our soldiers with young families must use programs like WIC (Women Infants Children) to provide their families with formula for the babies, milk, peanut butter, beans, cheese eggs and juice.

    As a NATION we should all feel saddened by that. For the gift of their very lives to save our freedoms we make them use public assistance programs to support their families.

    Lets all try to remember the troops this season, try to be a more patient person with the new cashiers, and more loving to EVERYONE we run across. You just never know the circumstances another person is in.
  3. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    Awww...Lisa. Thanks for the tears. ;) I'm so glad there are good people out there. I hope that is a true story.

  4. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    *sniff* I hope this is true, too.
  5. Jena

    Jena New Member


    Thanks that was great to share, and a reminder to "never judge", along with ofcourse remembering our troops and their families. :)