I went to the movies the other day. My local theater is on the same stretch of block as a supermarket- they are four stores away from each other.
So I leave the theater. A youngish couple is in front of me- early twenties if I had to guess. There was a produce bag with two avocados in it sitting in the middle of the sidewalk. The young man picked up the bag and put it on the ledge window of the store to the right.
An older gentleman was behind me.
“You know there are garbage cans.”
The kid responds that he was picking it up and moving it out of the way. I know this because I was four feet behind them and could see this all clearly.
The old man behind me keeps saying obnoxious things to the young man.
I turn around, look right at the older guy and say:
“Hey- the bag was obviously groceries that someone dropped. He picked up the bag to put it out of the way in case the person realizes that they dropped it. What he did was the right thing. Stop giving him grief and shut up.”
The young man started laughing, told me Thank You, and then said- “Ok- this discussion is now closed.”
So what did we learn?
- Be really sure about what you think you see before you say something
- There are people who are trying to do the right thing
- There are experiences out there just waiting to be discovered