Pay it forward

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Pay it forward

Postby David1949 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 4:27 pm

My wife and I were having breakfast at a local restaurant this morning. A man sitting near us came by our table as he was leaving and said: "you look refreshing so I'm paying $10 toward your bill". Then he laid down a paid receipt for $10, wished us a happy day and said: "pay it forward" and then walked out.
At first I thought it was a joke but I asked the waitress and she said he really did pay 10 bucks for us. We thought that was nice so we paid it forward to the waitress by adding $10 to her tip.
The whole thing was certainly unusual but very nice. It occurs to me now that we really didn't pay anything because the $10 was given to us, so I suppose we'll have to find someone who could use a few bucks and pay it to them out of our own pocket this time.

There was a movie a few years ago called "Pay it Forward" in which people would do nice things for strangers for no reason other than just to be nice. I guess the guy in the restaurant was just playing it out. Anyway it seems like a nice way for the world to work.
I hope no one is upset with for me posting a non-MS article here, but it seemed like a story worth telling.
Dave

PS If anyone objects I'll take it down.
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Re: Pay it forward

Postby NHE » Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:08 pm

David1949 wrote:My wife and I were having breakfast at a local restaurant this morning. A man sitting near us came by our table as he was leaving and said: "you look refreshing so I'm paying $10 toward your bill". Then he laid down a paid receipt for $10, wished us a happy day and said: "pay it forward" and then walked out.
At first I thought it was a joke but I asked the waitress and she said he really did pay 10 bucks for us. We thought that was nice so we paid it forward to the waitress by adding $10 to her tip.
The whole thing was certainly unusual but very nice. It occurs to me now that we really didn't pay anything because the $10 was given to us...

Sure you did. Another choice you could have made would have been to just keep the $10.
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Re: Pay it forward

Postby ElliotB » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:18 am

I first learned about this concept about 25 years ago by accident. I donated several computers to my son's elementary school and sure enough within a week my business received a large unexpected order that more than covered the cost of the donation. I have found over the years that just about every time I have 'paid it forward', I have received back a benefit in one form or another that well exceeded the costs.


It really works. What goes around truly comes around! With interest!!!
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Re: Pay it forward

Postby hargarah » Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:33 pm

Ask the drug companies to reciprocate this concept please! Stem Cells would be light years ahead :)
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