I took my sister through a drive-thru for some ice cream tonight. While we were waiting for our order, I noticed the lady in the car behind us looked stressed or maybe she was just having a bad day. I asked the cashier at the window if I could pay for the person behind me too. He asked if I knew them, and I said no-I just felt like doing something nice for her. And she had a dog in the car with her, so she couldn't have been a terrible person.
(Dog lovers are usually cool people in my book.
Anyway, the cashier gave me a weird look when I said I didn't know the person that I wanted to pay for, but he took my card and I paid. We had to wait a couple more minutes for our order, and when he gave me the ice creams, there was an extra one.
Me: "I only ordered 3..."
Him: "I know. I gave you an extra one."
Me: *confused expression*
My sister liked his smile. It was awesome of him to do that for us--I hadn't been expecting anything in return. I just wanted to brighten up that lady's day. My sister watched a little bit of the cashier explaining to the lady that her bill was already paid as we drove away, and it seems like the mission was accomplished.
I've paid for the person behind me in a drive-thru several times before. This is the first time a cashier has done something like that for me. They usually just smile and say that it's nice, or else just accept the payment like a regular transaction with no comment. I'm just really happy that he was so nice. And my sister was happy with the extra ice cream.
Kindness is contagious!!