This is one of those inspirational stories that really makes us stop and wonder: What would I do in that situation? If you've ever seen or overheard an awkward grocery store interaction, you might have an answer that's similar to this woman's story.
Angie Rose of Bellingham, WA was waiting in line at the supermarket when she noticed the cashier giving a hard time to the young couple ahead of her. Rolling her eyes as she slammed their items through the checkout, the clearly angry cashier then took great pleasure in loudly informing the nervous couple that their food stamp card did not have enough money on it to pay for the purchase
"The final total was $123.40," Rose wrote of the incident in a Facebook post that's since gotten plenty of attention. "Again, the cashier rolled her eyes and smirked when it came back that the balance was only $95.30 on the card."
At that point, Rose had seen enough of the surly cashier doing her best to embarrass the couple, and she stepped in.
"I stepped up and said 'First of all, you need to lower your voice, and second, I'm gonna help them out and don't you roll your eyes at me,'" Rose recalled. First, she took out her coupons and sorted through to find the ones that would help the couple, and then she handed over her store E-card so that they could take advantage of the extra discounts it included.
"The young lady and young man were so excited because they not only had enough, but the $123.40 went down to $68.22. It's been a very long time since I've had young people jumping on me so happy and excited."
Rose's lesson to the cashier--and to all of us--in sharing this story?
"Why is it easier for some to hate or belittle than to love and encourage? What did it cost me to help these young people? NOTHING, but some coupons that I can just print up more."
Sounds like the type of kind stranger the world needs more of, wouldn't you agree?