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Author: reader99 Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 3079  
Subject: Do-Gooder Day Date: 7/1/2004 9:51 PM
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Today I did something completely different. On Thursdays I deliver Trader magazines to 36 conveninece stores, so I am out among people more than usual. I budgeted $5 to give away during the day as opportunity arose.

First, a high school kid who asked for one of last week's Auto Traders (they go back to be recycled and so can be given away), and then for 50 cents for the bus.

At another stop the clerk was flustered because the customer had nothing smaller than a $20 for a $2.45 purchase, and the store had no more change. I slid their Trader receipt under the bulletprooof divider along with $3 for the customer's purchase. The customer thanked me and I suggested she just pass it on.

It astonishes me the 'high' I get from stuff like this, a mood elevation that persists for hours.

On this tide of goodwill, I then proceeded to make a worried, nervous, overworked store-owners-wife laugh out loud; I let another clerk who was overloaded with small change pay the Trader bill all in coins. When I saw a penny on the ground (happens a lot at stores) I left it there in case a little kid might find it and be thrilled.

Any of these things might happen by itself on an ordinary day. Deliberately setting out to do them all day long made it an adventure.


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