Christmas Spirit Renewed


December 23, 2005, 10:50 PM
So the wife and I where at Walmart getting our groceries (like we do every Friday night...yeah, now I'm sure most of you would love to exchange your boring life for my glamourous one :p). We kept noticing this odd guy who looked like a bum, wandering around the store ... we saw him walk up to women occasionally and say something to them, they'd shake their heads no with a puzzled look on their face and he'd walk away.

So I figure, great, this bum is hassling people by pan-handling in the store :rolleyes:

We get all our groceries and we're checking out when this weirdo walks up to our cashier and interrupts us asking her if she's a single mother ... she looks a little stunned and says "Y-y-yeah?" to which he asks her how many she's got. She says "F-f-four?" so he reaches into his inside jacket pocket (and I am instantly thrown into Condition Red and start to reach for my piece*) and he pulls out 4 little envelopes, hands them to her, says Merry Christmas and walks off.

Well I back down to Condition Orange then ease back into a nice Condition Yellow and my wife says to the clerk; "You realize you're going to have to open one of those envelopes ... I'll not get any sleep tonight if I don't know what that guy gave you."

The clerk is still a little stunned by the whole thing so she opens one of the envelopes and its one of those envelopes you give money in that has the little hole that just shows the president on the bill's face and its US Grant!.

Both the clerk and I said "aww" ... you know that kind of aww that you say when you just realize you've been thinking real evil thoughts about someone who turned out to be nice.

Anyway, its good to see the Christmas Spirit alive and well out there ... even if we don't always recognize "Santa's Helpers" right away.

*See...gun related :p

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December 23, 2005, 10:53 PM
WOW. I wish I were in a situation where I could give a single mother or a needy family like that some help during the year...

Really makes you think twice about what you have and why you shouldnt take it for granted.

December 23, 2005, 10:53 PM
nuff said

December 23, 2005, 11:16 PM
very nice story
sure glad condition red held off

December 23, 2005, 11:22 PM
Thats good to see

I wish i could do that :(, i mean give money way like it was nothing.

December 24, 2005, 12:00 AM
That's awesome.

Stupidity moment: I had to go and look up which bill Grant is on. I figured it HAD to be the fifty, since I know the faces on the rest of the bills-you-see-all-the-time (Washington, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, --, Franklin), but I had to be sure.


December 24, 2005, 12:13 AM
nuff said

+++++1 and then some.

December 24, 2005, 02:58 AM
+1 on that story.

Her's another story about a guy that looks like a bum.

I go to my cousin's baseball game. It's early I start looking for him I find him playing catch with some old man with a really scruffy beard beat up jeans and flip flops. I see my uncle not to far away so I let him know what my cousin is up to. He says to me, "You don't know who that is? His friends' son plays on the team don't bother the guy in a really low voice he says that's Jimmy Buffett"
As it turns out when Jimmy isn't looking for his shaker of salt he walks across the bridge and watches little league.

Moral of the story just because someone isn't a fan of shaving and proper shoesdoesn't make them a bum.

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