Stepping In to Make Up a $3 Shortfall
--by jaikarkaur, posted May 23, 2012
Yesterday I was in the electronics department purchasing something small for my son. As I went to check out, a young boy of about 9 was in front of me with a zip lock baggie of money and a video game.
The clerk gave him the price and helped him to count out the money. After the bills and the quarters, it became clear that he would not have quite enough money. The child kept counting with stress mounting on his face. The clerk told him that he was $3 short. The boy's face was so sad.
While I had been watching this, I had been thinking, "if he doesn't have enough, I 'll pay the difference for him." I was glad that I was prepared because the boy quickly began to sweep the money back into the bag.
I stepped up and told the clerk I would pay and reached over to encourage the boy to leave his money. He was speechless when he heard he would get the game after all. His mother came up at that point and was mortified that the child would ask money from a stranger.
Both the clerk and I assured her that the child had not said one word. The rest of the family arrived on the scene and the mother began trying to collect the $3 from them to return the money to me. When I smiled and told her that it was my gift and that I REALLY did not want the money. she shook her head and began to smile. As they were walking away I saw the child was smiling and holding the game close to his chest.
You of course reward both boys a lesson in giving.