I recently found myself at Target, as I often do since I cook three meals every day. On this particular trip I was returning an item that did not have all its advertised components. While standing in line for customer service, I overheard a conversation between a mother and daughter. They were asking how they were going to load all of their groceries and various other items into their vehicle. In addition to a full shopping cart, there was a flat-bed dolly next to these people that contained a large box. I forget what the actual item was, but that detail is not important. One of their main concerns was how they were going to get the dolly out to their vehicle. I heard the daughter say, “well they said they were going to have someone take this to the vehicle for us.”
After hearing this, I offered to help them to the vehicle. The mother quickly responded with, “well you don’t work here, so you shouldn’t have to do it.” I assured her that it wasn’t going to be a problem for me to help them. At this time, the woman working behind the customer service counter spoke up and said that if I could help the people to the vehicle it would be most appreciated. I did just this. The whole time the family was talking about how nice of a gesture this was. The mother had just flown from California to help her daughter move. She said she always heard how much nicer people are in Oklahoma, and she was thinking of moving here. When I returned the dolly to the customer service counter the woman working spoke about how nice of a gesture it was for me to do that.
I’m not writing this to boast about doing a good deed. I’m writing because this whole situation got me thinking about how we treat each other on a daily basis. People must generally act rather crappy to each other that the simple act of helping someone garnered this much attention. I have a rather short drive to work, and even in the short drive I encounter a fair share of lunatics. I have seen some amazing acts of rudeness and disregard for others on that short stretch of road. I see similar acts in the various other places I visit on a weekly basis.
If you have made it this far in reading this, I encourage you next time you are out in public or driving down a road, be nice to people. If you are in the right lane and are approaching a red light, switch to the left lane so that others may turn right on red. If you have a full cart, and the person behind you has a few items, let them go in front. If you are anything like me, you can use this extra time to look at the covers of popular magazines and shake your head in disbelief as to what is considered “popular,” in our society.
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