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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Challenge ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Do a good deed for someone you don't know.
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Date: 11/26/11 10:31 AM

Hi all,
I was just reading the thread about the nice person who cleaned up the kitchen and thought I would issue a challenge to all of the wonderful PR folks.

If all of us try to be a little extra nice to someone we meet out during the Christmas season, think what we can do to maybe brighten up the day of someone. As we all know, eveyone has their share of worries and troubles and when someone we don't know goes the extra mile to be nice to us, it does sometimes make a huge difference.

So let us all celebrate the month of December by trying to be extra nice to folks we meet that we don't know or will not see again. There are a lot of us and just think of the good cheer we can spread by just taking a moment to acknowledge some person who may not be having the best of years.

Chris

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Date: 11/26/11 10:48 AM

Done. I tried to make a clerk feel a little better after the bad behavior of the lady in front of me. Just said the lady was probably under a lot of stress and her nastiness was not personal. And told her she was doing fine.

just remember, whatever your frustration with the store, the clerk is not the one who caused the problem, just the one who gets the blame and abuse
-- Edited on 11/26/11 10:51 AM --

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Date: 11/26/11 11:00 AM

I'm in...

We never know how much a smile, a little patience and kindness can mean to a person, nor can we fathom how far outward these ripple.

ETA: We might also think about assuming that whatever anyone says to us is said with a kind intent rather than to read into it something unpleasant. On occasion my DD needs this reminder to keep her from snapping a quick retort where none is deserved. Then I tell her, most people are just as tired and frazzled as you are ~ let's make it easier on all of us.
-- Edited on 11/26/11 11:03 AM --

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Date: 11/26/11 11:42 AM

I'm in, but I am usually the one spreading happiness, like it or not. Funny because we were visiting my son and family for Thanksgiving right outside Baltimore. The grocery store was open and I had to run in to get something, so I was trying to spread some happy to the poor cashier that had to work. She looked at me like I was a freak for engaging her. I still wished her a Happy Thanksgiving and thanked her for working on the holiday.

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Date: 11/26/11 2:54 PM

On my way home today from my Mom's, I stopped at an antique store to browse. Some buyers were trying to load one of those heavy iron tubs in the back of their truck, and obviously having a hard time of it with just three people. So I offered a hand, and into the truck the tub went!

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Date: 11/26/11 3:09 PM

I try to do this anyway, but I'm now making it a daily intention. Thank you. Funny, it has already lightened the stress I feel about this season!!

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Date: 11/26/11 6:17 PM

Doesn't count for this year, but................

Last year, we drove to our son's out of state home for a very late Christmas Eve arrival. At our last stop for gas, it was apparent that everyone was tired, customers, clerk, us... The man ahead of us changed his mind about a purchase when he found out the high price. He selected something less expensive. It was obvious that the clerk had drastically short changed him, saying that she had credited the now unwanted item and was only charging him for the item that was his second choice.

He was exceedingly upset and she was exceedingly belligerent. She made an error and was way too tired to have noticed. She was accusing him of trying to cheat the store/her. It wasn't pretty. I felt for both of them, but particularly for the guy. It was ugly and on the way to uglier, maybe very ugly.

Hubbie came up just at that moment. I figured the necessary amount for the fellow to have correct change and asked the hubbie if he had that amount in cash. I then asked the man if he would accept that amount since it was Christmas Eve and that everyone was very tired and it would be hard to keep up with anything at the end of such a long day when we all only wanted to get to our families. I made sure that neither felt blame or wronged. I know the man understood that I had seen the clerk's error also. He really just needed some validation. And, she did too, chances are she was at the end of a double shift. It was a relief to everyone that they both accepted the solution.

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Date: 11/27/11 7:28 AM

I am in too. What a great ideas have already been posted.
I unloaded the wheel chair cart for the lady behind me in the grocery store. When I have to use those some days it is very helpful to have someone unload for you when you have allot of balance issues.
I will try to continue to do something kind daily.
May I suggest take out the extra change & put it into the Salvation Army kettle........ the neighbor you help may be living next door.
To add; Our St. Vincent DePaul says they are always in desparate need of toothbrushes.... a small help for families in need.
-- Edited on 11/27/11 7:29 AM --

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Date: 11/27/11 1:57 PM

I have been trying to do this for the last few years. At first it was only wait staff people. If the person waiting on us was doing a good job I make sure to find the manager and tell them what a good job the person was doing.
Then I noticed clerks in department stores, the clerk who is trying really hard to help you. I found it is much harder to find supervisors in department stores than in restaurants.
Lately it has been customer support people who answer the phone. I have had some really good people trying to help me figure out how to make things work, much easier to get their supervisor.
Sometimes it takes a lot of effort to hunt up a supervisor but I think it is important to give kudos where kudos are deserved.
I have now added clerks in grocery stores to my list. I have found very few clerks who deserve kudos. Wondering why that is? Maybe they just have to deal with too many people and a larger range of behaviors?

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Date: 11/27/11 3:02 PM

to lighten the mood a little....I didn't beat the lady (with her daughter in the car) that almost took off my front end (had MY children in the car as well) in her rush to get to Target

Didn't beat the idiot who, rather than beep to let me know he was backing up and that I was blocking him a bit, decided to try and angle his car so he could get out of the space (if I hadn't seen movement from the corner of my eye, HE would have taken off the REAR end of my car)

gave thumbs up to the family that, despite the line of cars looking for spaces, decided to sit and talk instead of pulling out....I think family talk time is important, and screw the rest of the world

ok....I'm done...can you tell the "stress" of this time of year is getting to me?? 2 weeks from now, Mother will be here for an early Christmas/Larisa's 39th birthday celebration, and 2 weeks after that is family holiday vacation trip (ugh), and a week after that....we're in a whole new freaking year!!!

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