Elinor Purdy: Kind gesture at discount store

November 1, 2013 

On Oct. 20 at about 11:30 a.m., I was in a Modesto discount store purchasing some items. When the cashier was ringing up the sale and I had my wallet out to pay, she said “It’s been paid.” I said “What?” She said “It’s been taken care of.” I looked at the gentleman behind me in line and he said “Don’t look at me.” After a few seconds of shock I picked up my purchases, told the cashier to please thank the person who paid it forward and left in a bewildered, but touched state of mind.

We can’t all do an act of kindness this way, but how much does a kind word, a helping hand, or a smile cost?

Thanks, stranger, for making my day brighter and giving me a lot to think about.

ELINOR PURDY

Modesto

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