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  • (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.)

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