• (I am working the register over Christmas.)
  • Me: “Find everything today?”
  • Customer: “Yup.”
  • (Note: she is silent through the transaction, which includes a gift card.)
  • Me: “How much would you like on this?”
  • Customer: “Oh, sorry. Can I have $150?”
  • Me: “No problem.”
  • Customer: *after paying* “Can you do me a favor?” *she hands me the gift card* “The next customer you see that you think could use this, could you give it to them?”
  • Me: *stunned* “…Of course!”
  • (After a minute another customer comes up, a visibly upset young woman.)
  • Me: “Hi! How are you?”
  • Customer #2: “I’m okay, thanks.”
  • (Clearly she is not ok, but she is trying very hard to be pleasant. She is getting very basic items: milk, bread, eggs, etc. Nothing very festive.)
  • Me: “So your total comes out to $0.00.”
  • Customer: “What?”
  • Me: “The person before you gave me a $150 gift card to use for the next person I thought could use it. You look like you’re having a rough day, so here are your groceries, and there’s about $130 left on this card.”
  • (The customer just started crying. Once she could, she thanked me about 100 times. Made my whole Christmas season.)