A somewhat random act of kindness

Last week the wonderful Wendy Nielsen shared this new series, 31 Day Blog Challenge, with those of us in a Facebook group (amazing group by the way). My first thought was cool! I can do this and then reality quickly set in and I realized that’s 31 days of blog posts…. 31 days straight.

Not happening. I mean I can barely squeak out the three posts that I do each week, but what I can do is use the prompts for the days that I do post because some of them are pretty good and today’s is worth writing about.

You’re Last Random Act of Kindness.

So the first thing that came to my mind was a trip that I took to McDonalds a few months ago to get my much loved Diet Coke. The local McDonalds made these changes that are supposed to speed up service and make things easier…. they made two lanes in which to place orders… but I think that they’re worse.

Here’s the story. I pulled up into my lane, ordered, and in that time another car pulled up in the one next to me and they thought that they were going to cut in front of me even though I was there first and was already pulling forward. Of course I wasn’t letting that happen! I made sure that they didn’t cut and of course they were all pissy about it. Then again they were teen/early 20′s boys.

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I could see them pointing, gesturing, and talking with one another and loud enough so I could hear them. I knew that they were mad but I didn’t care because they tried to shove me out of the way. Jerks. So what was my random act of kindness?

I pulled forward and paid for my order and then let the cashier know that I’d pay for theirs as well. I moved up to the next window with a somewhat smug smile on my face. As I took my Diet Coke I watched closely in my review mirror as the cashier let the guys know that I had paid for their order. They laughed, waved, and yelled thanks.

It wasn’t totally random. I did it for a couple reasons… 1) out of spite and 2) to kill them with kindness and 3) to prove that there was no reason to be jerks. Did they learn anything from the situation? Probably not but I felt better about the situation and got a bit of a laugh out of it.

Have you ever done a random act of kindness?


15 Responses to A somewhat random act of kindness
  1. Cristy S
    March 6, 2013 | 9:08 am

    Kill them with kindness!! I love it. Maybe they will think twice next time (probably not…but heres hoping).

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2013 | 1:35 pm

      You’re right… probably not. But stranger things have happened and you never know.

  2. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    March 6, 2013 | 10:12 am

    I’d like to think that you DID make some kind of impact on them with that RAK. That’s a good quote worth remembering because I’m not so sure my kindness would have taken that direction that day. lol

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2013 | 1:34 pm

      That’s why I said it was kind of out of spite. They made me mad trying to cut me off like they did.

  3. Tami
    March 6, 2013 | 11:04 am

    I love this story! First, I love diet coke – as in it’s on my list of 3 things I would have to have on that deserted island. Second, you were kind out of spite! That’s going to be my new mantra. :)

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2013 | 1:31 pm

      Yes, kind of out of spite… that’s what makes it only kind of a random act of kindness.

      I’ll take Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper on that deserted island.

  4. Andrea
    March 6, 2013 | 11:50 am

    That was a sweet gesture. It is hard not to get frustrated with “road rage” when people cut you off… but you went above that if nothing else (though I hope it impacted them, too!) it was good for your soul and you passed on good instead of anger.

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2013 | 1:30 pm

      I hope so too. It seems that younger people (I sound like I’m some old senior citizen) have lost touch with being nice and common courtesies.

  5. Laura
    March 6, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    I bet it did make an impact. Whether it was small or large, I bet they’ll remember it for years to come!

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2013 | 1:29 pm

      I hope that you’re right on both counts!

  6. Michelle
    March 6, 2013 | 3:23 pm

    The other day I gave a guy my only 20% off coupon at bed bath beyond, he was buying a very expensive item and it saved him over 100. I would have only saved $5! he was so grateful! And I felt good…for doing such a little thing…

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2013 | 1:28 pm

      That is pretty awesome! I’ve done that in line before too and people really seem grateful for the help.

  7. Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired
    March 6, 2013 | 9:05 pm

    That’s a great response! I love it. I hope they did realize they were being jerks and it made their day (and yours) better.

    • Jackie
      March 7, 2013 | 1:27 pm

      I hope so too but with them being young I doubt it. I probably solidified in their minds that being a jerk pays off.

  8. Emmy
    March 11, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    That is awesome! I so would not have done that in that situation as yea I would have been mad. And I agree, the two lanes really does just open windows for trouble.

    And yes, last month we went and handed out flowers to random people in Target as part of my heartfelt acts :)

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