“Pay It Forward with All of Your Might”


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In the summer of 2013, the credit card of Redditor brbmycatexploded was declined at the Tampa, Florida, airport when he tried to pay for a bag. brbmycatexploded stepped out of line to check his credit card’s balance, and when brbmycatexploded returned, brbmycatexploded found a receipt and this note: “Hey, I heard them say your card was declined. I know how it feels. Your bag fee’s on me. Just pay it forward the next time you get a chance. Have a safe flight.” By the way, Redditor DAVIDEEE333 asked brbmycatexploded, “You wouldn’t happen to have a nice rack, would you?” brbmycatexploded responded, “As a guy, I think I’m somewhere between an A cup and whatever is below that.” DAVIDEEE333 then asked, “So is that a yes or a no?” Redditor poundt0wn commented, “I’ll never forget when I was on vacation in Dallas-Fort Worth with my family (attending a wedding). A man walked up to my dad with a flower that he had picked from in front of the hotel and said, ‘Would you like to buy this flower for your lovely wife? The money will go toward buying my family food for the night’. My dad reached into his pocket, pulled out a $100 and said, ‘take it and keep the flower for your wife.’ The guy was so incredibly grateful but the minute he walked away my Mom went off because she was convinced the guy was just going to go off and buy drugs or booze or come back and rob us since he knew we had money. !5 minutes later we see the same guy walking on the sidewalk again, this time he had at least 10 bags of groceries hanging from his arms, one of which contained diapers and he had a chicken wing hanging from his mouth. My dad still gloats about how wrong my mom was that night.” Of course, scams exist, but often the money meets a real need, and often people want to take the risk of being scammed on the off chance that they are really helping someone. For example, Redditor ohboy_r wrote this in reply to DAVIDEEE333’s comment, “The thing is, she so easily could have been right, and your dad would feel that little bit more jaded. Next time, he might not help, especially if your mom never lets him live it down. I once left my friend’s apartment at 2am in the morning (20 min walk back to my place). Streets were deserted and it wasn’t a great part of town. This girl walks up to me distraught and asking me if I could spare some gas money. She looked to be in her early twenties and was dressed like she just left a party. Now, this was a somewhat common scam at that time, getting a girl to go around asking strangers for gas money … but I gave her 20 bucks anyway. Pretty sure she was scamming me, but as I was explaining to my sister the next day (when she heard, she wouldn’t stop telling me how stupid I was), it could easily have been her, and I hoped someone would give her the twenty bucks to get home. Sure there are parasites everywhere … but do we really want to be jaded to the point where we just flat out refuse to help others on the chance that you may be feeding the parasite?” ThatSpuds commented, “Best way to pay it forward is in a convenience store. I don’t know why … but I find that there is almost always someone who needs an extra buck or two when I’m in there and they can’t get something they need. A few months ago before I moved, there was a guy in the store that I went to a couple of times a day and he was at the register and he had diapers, milk, formula, a couple of cans of spaghetti and some toilet paper. And he was coming up short. It was 3am so for certain this is the only place where he can pick up what he needs in the middle of a tiny town in Iowa. And the cashier was explaining to him that his card was declined except for a small balance (I can’t remember what the balance was) so here’s this guy and he’s looking at all of this stuff that he obviously needs to take care of his family … and you can tell he’s thinking ‘Alright … formula and toilet paper … no … diapers and formula …’ and he’s sliding things around on the counter trying to come up with the closest total. And I’m sad. I’m sad and I’m angry that anyone has to be in this position in the United States. So I walk up to the counter and give the guy $20. I don’t say a word, and I don’t expect anything in return, not even a thank you. But the guy turns around. Gets on his knees and wraps his arms around me and tells me that I have just made a profound difference. I feel better … but I’m still mad that a mere $20 is going to make a profound difference for a F[**]KING FAMILY of people. So pay it forward with all of your might because someone out there is depending on you.”

For Further Information: brbmycatexploded, “My card was declined in the Tampa airport the other day. Stepped out of line to check my balance, and when I came back this was waiting for me. If you’re reading this, thanks for making my day.” Imgur. 6 August 2013


For Further Information: brbmycatexploded, “My card was declined in the Tampa airport the other day. Stepped out of line to check my balance, and when I came back this was waiting for me. If you’re reading this, thanks for making my day.” Reddit Comments. 6 August 2013


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