“Reddit, What is the Best $10 You Ever Spent?”


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In August 2013, Redditor diduknowitsme asked, “Reddit, what is the best $10 you ever spent?” Here are a few replies: 1) entropicexplosion wrote, “CPR training. Was driving home across the desert of New Mexico and saw a camper on the side of the road, in flames. The door was locked, so I had to break through and pulled out two kids who were unconscious from smoke inhalation and needed CPR. Managed to get everyone out before the fire department came, and everyone was fine. This was back in the early ’90s. I don’t know how much CPR classes are now, but it could be the best money you ever spend too.” 2) garblenards wrote, “Saw a guy standing with his wife and kid in a strip mall holding up a sign asking for money stating he lost his job. I normally don’t give money to panhandlers but I thought this guy might be sincere so I handed him a tenner. I told him if he was serious about finding work to come to my warehouse on Monday and gave him my card with the address. He was there right when we opened, and has been one of my hardest workers ever since. I helped him and he helped me a hell of a lot more.” 3) That_Jedi_bastard wrote, “At age 16, (I’m 39 now) I had a big blowout fight with my father. I left home and took a greyhound bus to live with a friend in northern California. I quickly made friends with the local punks and skaters. I met a girl from this group, and we became friends; almost like brother and sister. She lived in an abandoned, rodent-invested apartment building with no running water and no electricity. One evening, I decided to drop by, but couldn’t find her. I looked around for a few minutes, then remembered that she said she liked to hang out on the roof and look at the stars. When I got to the roof, she was there, with her back to me, audibly sobbing. I asked her what was wrong, and she said she had not eaten in days, and that earlier that day, while taking a nap, a rat had bitten her on the face, and she just couldn’t take living in this situation any more. She told me she intended to jump off of the roof, but that I interrupted her. I begged and pleaded for her to not do it, but instead of having the desired effect, she became very hostile, screaming ‘Why do you care?!’ Then told me to leave so she would not have the guilt of knowing I witnessed her killing herself. After what seemed like an hour of trying to reason with her, she told me ‘If you choose to stay, it’s up to you, but I am done talking’. I didn’t know what to do. I was frozen in fear, contemplating trying to grab her and pull her away from the edge, but I was scared that if I got any closer, she’d jump. I did the only thing I could think to do. I told her I’d give her all my money (I only had like $10 or so left from what my mom gave me when I left home) if she would just spend the night talking to me like we had done a few times before. I told her, ‘If you still want to do it after we talk, I will not interfere again’. She immediately broke down into hysterics, and told me that no one had ever shown so much interest in her, much less offered to buy her time with the last money to their name. We talked until the next morning, at which time, she flashed the money in my face, and offered to buy me breakfast. I don’t know where she is now, but the last I heard, she was working with victims of sexual abuse.”

For Further Information: diduknowitsme, “Reddit, what is the best $10 you ever spent?” Reddit. 17 August 2013


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