Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Other Day...


While waiting to check out of line at Target I saw the woman in front of me accidentally drop cash out of her purse.  Naturally I told her.  Once she realized she did indeed drop it, she picked it up and stared at me in dismay.  After a few long seconds of staring; she thanked me.  Then girl behind me stared at me – as did the cashier, almost as if I did something wrong.  As she was leaving she thanked me again. I responded, “Sure, it was your money.”   


  It was a surreal moment.

Am I to believe that all her/their staring is the result of lack of trust?  Is it that hard for them to believe someone would be honest and tell her about her cash on the floor?

Does anyone else find this strange?  Have we become 'that kind' of a society?


11 comments:

  1. I think there is a lack of kindness but I would hope that most people would tell someone if they dropped money! I know I would so lets hope there's more of us out there!

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  2. That's kind of weird. I would think she would have been grateful.

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  3. I have given money back on several occasions...it's not mine. If I find it on the street, fine, but if I know it's yours, then it's yours. I did smile reading your post :)

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  4. My hope would be that they were staring at you put of kindness and not because of the fact that they wanted the money for themselves. It makes me smile to hear about your little act of kindness :)

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  5. Unfortunately, yes, we are that kind of society. Once I thought I paid for the rotisserie chicken at the grocery, but on returning home, saw that somehow it didn't scan. I called the store, and went into customer service later and they treated me like I was an alien from outer space!

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  6. She just sounds weird. Why would she stare at you that way?? You were doing a nice thing. Maybe she just had gas.

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  7. Virtue is not stressed in America today. Stanley Hauerwas discusses this problem in "A Community of Character." People not taught the spiritual virtues tend to be distrustful of others and out for themselves. Case in point: the mismanagement of funds and then huge bailout of the lending institutions. That kind of atttitude creeps down to the local grocery store.

    So, you did the best possible thing: honesty and care. You may have changed her life. Good job.

    wb

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  8. I hope that maybe it was just a reaction special to her because I would never consider not giving the money to a person who dropped it. And I refuse to believe that I am a rarity.

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  9. Yes, I agree it was a strange reaction. A little kindness goes a long way...I sure do wish we were a kinder society in general... We need more people like you :)

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  10. Hopefully what you did woke her up to what more kind and honest people can do to change our society :)

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  11. THAT is strange that they would stare like that. And I thought that's what anyone else in their right mind would do. Have we become so naive? I would hate to think that. What's up with that? Now I'm confused. Anyhow, you did the right thing!

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