Random Act of Kindness: Plenty of hands went up when shopper was short

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I cut out a $5 coupon from one of Aldi ads, but you had to spend $30 to be able to use it.

After I had done my shopping, thinking I had spent at least $30, I got in line. When my turn came, the cashier, Kelly, said my bill came to $32, so I gave her my $5 coupon.

After looking at the coupon, Kelly said, "You can't use this coupon here. That's for the new store on the South Side."

She saw that that didn't make me feel too good, so then she said, "I think I have one of our store's coupons." She found an old ad under the counter and said, "Oh, here's one I can give you."

I thanked her and said I appreciated it. So my bill came to $27.

But when I ran my Visa card through the slot, the machine said it would not accept it. Kelly asked if it was a debit or credit card, and when I said it was a credit card she explained, "We don't accept credit cards." I told her I didn't think I had enough cash, and then I counted out $26, a dollar short -- that's all I had.

That's when the lovely lady behind me gave Kelly a dollar so that I could get going. I told her though, "I thank you, and you are very kind to do that, but I can't take your dollar."

I had my military cap on, and the woman said, "They send you fellows all over the world to fight our wars, so it's the least I can do for you, so you take that dollar."

Well, I am 88 years old, and I couldn't fight my way out of a paper bag.

I told her that I had money at home and I was able to go home and get it, so I couldn't take her dollar. That's when everyone in line held up a dollar.

"Take my dollar. Take my dollar," they all said.

So it ended up I had to take her dollar, and I thanked her again. We have great people in Pittsburgh.


Lincoln Place

Help during a breakdown went so far as loan of car

It was November 1995, a time when not everyone had a cell phone (my husband and I didn't), and our car broke down one evening on Allegheny River Boulevard.

We put on the flashers and started walking to find a phone and call for a tow. We managed to get the attention of an employee working in an office trailer along the river who let us use the phone to call AAA.

The tow truck came, and we gave directions to our mechanic's address to drop the car. But then we had no transportation.

The man working at the trailer, Bill, gave us the keys to his car so we could drive home. We then drove our other car back to thank him and return his car.

We filled his gas tank as our thank-you but would also like to thank him again, and let him know we think of him every November, at Thanksgiving, remembering his generosity and the tremendous trust he put in us that night.



Anonymous donor is helping her dingo's cancer treatment

May God reward the generous person who put $100 credit on my account at the Point Breeze Veterinary Clinic.

I was more than surprised to learn this news. Few people know that my Australian dingo, Nacho, is fighting cancer through the careful services offered at the clinic.

The thoughtful gift helps to pay for the meds that are keeping her active and still able to enjoy life. Thank you!


Chartiers City


Has someone done you right? Send your Random Act of Kindness to page2@post-gazette.com, or write to Portfolio, Post-Gazette, 34 Blvd. of the Allies, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. First Published December 13, 2012 5:00 AM


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