I was in a convenience store the other day and overheard a man asking the clerk about using a telephone. He was dressed pretty rough ... he was a construction worker.
I left the store before I heard the clerk's answer, but I saw the guy leave the store and stand there looking around. I called out to him and asked if he needed to use a phone? He said yes, that he had left his cell phone at home and needed to call his wife. I told him he could use my cell phone.
From his surprised reaction you would have thought I had offered him the moon, not just the use of a cell phone! I gave him my phone, he called his wife, and gave my phone back along with a big Thank You! I smiled and gave him one of the Smile Cards. He read it and loved it!
I have to say it was a little sad that he was so surprised by such a small act of kindness, but I'm so glad that I got to be the one to remind him that there are nice people in the world!
I received my Smile cards and was looking for a chance to use them. I was in the Albuquerque airport on my way back to Colorado and decided to get some ice cream.
As I was paying, a young woman came up and placed an order. I pretended to count my change and generally waste time until the clerk told the woman how much she owed. I quickly fished out the money, gave it to the clerk, handed the very surprised woman one of my new Smile cards, wished her a good day and left! The smile on the clerk's face and the confused/changing to surprised face on the woman was so much fun and I hope the Smile card is now out there circulating!
Yesterday morning on my way to work I stopped at our local gas station to fill up my gas tank. While paying inside I also picked up a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts and a handful of napkins. I then went outside and offered donuts and napkins to everyone who was pumping gas into their cars.
If they took a donut I also gave them a Smile card. It was so much fun! One truck had a couple of burly construction workers inside. The driver apparently was inside paying. I offered donuts to the two guys who eagerly took one and then asked if they could take one for their buddy -- nice of them to think of him, too, huh?! The only downside was that I ended up with three leftover donuts and guess who ended up eating them? I couldn't let them go to waste! :)