Few years ago I was in line behind an elderly lady with a young boy in her cart while checking out for groceries. She was being exceedingly slow, paying in change and coupons. I had all of one item, and hers was the only short line… I didn’t realize that it was clear because people kept abandoning the line.
I wasn’t in a hurry or anything, but slow is slow, and I kind of grumbled inside a bit. But I actually started paying a bit of attention and realized she was deciding what she couldn’t take. Ended up being milk, orange juice, a few cans of corn, and a few other simple things.
The cashier set the stuff in the ‘take back’ box, and they left. As the cashier scanned my one item, I had her give me all the take-back stuff in a bag too. Cashier grinned and hurried, I ran off after them.
Caught up with them just outside the building and I told her she forgot a bag and put it in her cart. And then I quickly walked off before she said anything.
No idea if the situation really was the way it seemed… old woman caring for grandkid, broke as all hell, making hard choices, etc… but I felt good about it.
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