Thursday, February 19, 2009

Reports From The Check-Out Line

I desperately needed toilet paper, and food, so I stopped by the QFC at Broadway and Pike. After getting all of my required food items, and nearly forgetting the toilet paper, I made my way to the check-out line. Whenever I buy produce (or anything without a scannable barcode) I prefer to have a checker ring me up. I was next in line, and there was no one waiting behind me. After standing there for about 30 seconds, an elderly gentleman approached the line. I kindly allowed him to go ahead of me. This is where the story gets interesting (somewhat).

This gentleman was confused by my selfless gesture. He was adamant about me being entitled to be rung up next. "You've been waiting here longer," he said. After repeatedly assuring him that it was fine, he went ahead of me. He asked me what my name was, and he told me that his name was Joe Mclean. He also noted that he was 90 years old and had never been given the nice treatment I gave him. He thanked me again and went on his way. I couldn't help but feel better knowing that I made a 90 year old man's day by means of a simple selfless gesture.

Joe Mclean, you're the man.

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