09 April 2010

Not to pimp Fresh & Easy, but...

I stopped at Fresh & Easy to get some $2 wine and to spend my $25 gift certificate they gave me for showing up to their headquarters for BloggerFest '10.

I was standing in the refrigerated aisle, peering at the hummus selection.

A lady next to me said sadly "I was looking for one specific thing that they don't have."

I said "The lemon-cilantro hummus, right? Me, too!"

We commiserated at the absence of the lemon-cilantro hummus. It really is the kind of good that makes you commiserate with strangers.

"I had a day off tomorrow and was just imagining myself having a little snack of some crackers and that hummus," she said.

I could see she had A Plan. And now that plan was ruined by this blank spot on the shelf where Lemon-Cilantro hummus should be.

I headed off to the wine aisle and wandered on through the store.

The lady came up to me.

"Um, not to be a stalker, but I found an employee and they found some of that hummus and there are only a few out there, so if you want some, you might want to go get it before they run out."

See, my people? See how that works?

The lady knew I wanted hummus and she was kind enough to track me down 3 aisles later so I would not miss out. A little kindness, to be sure, but a kindness that made my life a smidge happier. It just put a smile on my face.

THAT is how we do it. Each one of us taking care, thinking of others, going just a little out of our way. That's what makes the world a better place, drop by drop, bit by bit, seed by tiny seed. That's the ONLY thing that is going to make this world a better place.

Every time I open that carton of hummus I think of that lady and send a happy thought her way. She deserves it.


Count Mockula said...

Have I told you lately that I love you? I do, Suebob. And I think of you every time I use my smoked paprika...

Kalyn Denny said...

I love this story! I agree, this is what can make the world work (a lot better than it often does!)

Nancy said...

I had almost the same experience at our local Barnes & Noble last week. I was searching without success for Jamie Oliver's new cookbook and a woman & her boyfriend came up and started browsing in the same section. I heard her say "Oliver... now what's the name of it?" So I offered up the name of the new cookbook, and her boyfriend checked the inventory section to confirm that they did indeed have copies in the store. We searched together throughout the cookbook section and then I walked off (Mimi led me astray).

They tracked me down 15 minutes later and handed me a copy of the book. "These were the only two left!" I thanked them profusely. Indeed it does give me hope that there are some honorable and considerate people in this world! (And I'm glad there are some out your way too!)

Anonymous said...

I love this story too. I love our Fresh and Easy; everyone there, including the other customers, are very friendly. It's an overall great atmosphere.

grace said...

This, exactly this, is the reason I read blogs. Hearing stories like this from other people's lives makes my life better.

J said...

That's AWESOME. I'll bet she enjoyed her plan even better because of her good deed, too.

@JesseLuna said...

Great story! That was very nice of the lady to help you out with your hankering for hummus.

Stimey said...

Small steps in making the world a better place. I love it!

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