It's one of those random sidewalk interactions involving strangers, and it has everyone talking. It all began when a young girl was selling pieces of candy for $1 each outside a Target store in Rowland Heights, CA to earn extra money. A woman walking by wasn't happy about it--a fact she made clear immediately.
The older woman began shouting at the girl and demanding to see her license for the impromptu sidewalk sale. The suddenly loud scene caused onlookers to stop to find out what was going on--and that's when Andy Lizarraga, another shopper walking by, began taking cellphone video of the altercation.
“She comes up to the little kid and is like, ‘Where is your license? Have you asked permission to be here?’ And then the kid is like, ‘No, I’m just selling candy. I’m trying to make some money,’ ” Lizarraga said.
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“She continued to yell at her and scream at her and tell her if she didn’t have a permit, that she was going to go to jail, that sheriffs were on their way,” another passerby, Jay Lopez, told reporters. Lopez noticed that the young girl had started crying--so he decided to get involved.
He decided to stop the woman's tirade in an unusual way: After asking the young girl how many pieces of candy she had left to sell, he said he'd buy them all--and then proceeded to pass them out to other people walking by.
Here's the video of his sweet offer, which has since gone viral.
Proof that various strangers can react to the same situation in two totally different ways--and that many times, kindness works better than hostility.
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