Do a good deed….but is it safe???
I was on my weekly grocery trip to the giant town 10 miles from me. I had finished up and at the time I was the only person in the store. The checker got about 1/2 way through my basket when a young man, really gritty looking, obviously a working class man who had put in a rough day (Well, not a rough day; it was only noon, so a rough 1/2 day.) came rushing up to the check out. He was behind me, and there was no one else checking. He had a big, cold beer in his hand, and it looked like it might be his lunch or a side dish to go with his lunch. He was in a hurry. I watched him for a few seconds, then told the cashier to scan his been on my ticket so he could go on. She acted like I had not said anything – maybe she didn’t hear me or maybe she was just thinking how to accomplish that task. After a few more seconds, I became insistent and said, “Really, just put it on my ticket. He looks like he’s ready for a cold one, and I would be happy to buy him a beer.” The checker told me to scan my driver’s license to verify my age, so I did. The young man thanked me several times and went on out the door.
After arriving at home, I was going over my grocery bill with my husband when I came upon the “gift” purchase. The more I talked about it, the more I realized that I had never even stopped to consider whether he was 21 or not. Surely, he was. I haven’t been arrested yet, so if he wasn’t it looks like I have made it, and he did have his license out ready to scan it. How ridiculous that a person should be concerned about a good deed.
I hope it made his day. It certainly made mine.