Not big enough for a whole thread:
I went to an oriental takeout place during lunch (I probably go there every week), and when I tried to pay, my credit card was expired and I had no cash on me. Not only did I have no way to pay, but I was very pregnant and very hungry.
I was ready to apologize and leave without a lunch. The guy at the register was the owner, and just said "I'll take your name and you pay me later". Wow. Not many businesses still do that for a person.
I was so grateful that the next day I brought my payment for the food along with a thank you note and a gift card for Caribou. So I gave the owner of an eatery a gift card for another eatery
. Was that just a really bone-headed move? I'm trying to console myself now with thoughts like "well, it's the thought that counts", "he doesn't have coffee and pastries at his shop", etc.
I just wanted to let him know how much his kindness meant to me.