Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Side By Side With A Young Man

--by Aurelia, posted Jun 23, 2009

I was shopping at the local department store and noticed this young man in his late 20's looking carefully for children's clothing and putting together really cute outfits to buy. This is a small store and when I went to the checkout counters, they were closed and the courtesy desk called me over there to check out. Wouldn't you know the young man was checking out there too.

We were Side by Side and I could see and hear his conversation with the cashier.  When the total appeared on the cash register he looked down and said I don't have enough money. He put back a shirt, and he was still short for money. Now, I myself, am not overflowing with money because my hubby is unemployed, but when I saw this guy putting back underwear and socks, I was heartbroken.  Here he was trying to buy some nice clothing and needed items for his children.

I asked, "How much money are you short?"  "He said, "$5."  I said, "I have it,"  and I reached into my pocketbook and handed over the money to him. He about fell over  and was so thankful to me. I asked that he Pay it Forward in some way. When he left, the two cashiers said they've never seen that before except on TV.  I told them I had seen him spending a lot of time in the store shopping and I wanted him to be able to follow through on his good deed for his kids.

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Readers Comments

pray4peace wrote: Aurelia, you are awesome! Love and hugs for you.
LucyStar wrote: A very touching story, thank you!
Busygirl wrote: Just a beautiful story.
RMB333 wrote: YOU are an amazing person! Wonderful story - thank you for sharing. Immense Blessings!
princessliz wrote: only on tv? So glad there are people like this out there :)
moral12 wrote: Aww, what a nice thing for you to have done! Thanks for sharing your largesse and this story.
spoonerism wrote: You are a little angel put out there to pop up just at the right moment with an act of generosity! :-) and at a time when your own family budget was tight! Lovely gesture! Xxx
arunchikkop wrote: Thank You so much for such a good deed. $5 was woth a $5 million because You added you good deed to it.
I really wish that guy pays it forward.
Dr. Happy wrote: Just wonderful!
Happysean wrote: What a great story.

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