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$2 act of kindness toward little boy leads to $100 tip

When a little boy came up to the counter at an eatery in Katy, Texas, he had his money ready, hoping he had enough for a mini mint Oreo custard.

“He wants to order dessert,” said Travis Sattler, who was manning the cash register. “He was a little nervous. Ends up handing me everything he had.”

But all of the coins and a few dollar bills he had Wednesday weren’t enough to get his desire. He was $2 short.

So Sattler, who was just a few minutes from the end of his shift, pulled out his own credit card.

“It’s on me,” the cashier said, remembering the child’s gratitude. “He had the biggest eyes, the widest smile.”

A half hour later, the same little boy handed Sattler a note as he and his mother walked out.

“It says, ‘Thank you for being so nice and paying for my custard. We need more people like you,'” Sattler read.

Wrapped up inside the note was a $100 bill. Sattler plans to save the generous tip for nursing school.

“I like to think that I made a good impact on their day, and I kind of brightened it up, just like they did mine,” Sattler said.  “We all need to look out for each other.”

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Payin’ it forward in the checkout line

The other day at work, I witnessed a random act of kindness between two strangers. A woman making a purchase and I were chatting about the weather turning a bit more Spring-like as I was completing her transaction. The transaction was somewhat complex, and took about 6 minutes to complete. A man behind her in line was patiently waiting. The woman apologized to him for his having to wait.

He smiled and said, “No problem.” Then, the woman took his item that was sitting on the counter next to her, and asked me to ring it up on her card, saying that it was in concern for his time spent waiting. It was an $18 item. The man protested, thanking her, but she insisted.

He reluctantly relented, thanking her profusely, and said to her, “You didn’t have to do that!”

Her reply? “Yes, I know. But that’s exactly why I am doing it. You can do the same –something nice and unexpected–for someone else someday.”

“Pay it forward, my friend”, I said. “That’s how you keep the good going ’round.”

He thanked her again, and left with a big smile on his face. And so did she. And I left work with a happy heart that day.

It doesn’t take much to make a day a little brighter for those around you, and, in doing so, for yourself.