- Sep 17, 2011
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I often think about the guy who was trying on dress shirts while I was looking at the ties at the end of the rack. He found a nice white shirt that he put on over his t-shirt and tucked it into his jeans. He approached me, and in fairly broken English said he had a job interview that day and asked if he could try on the tie in my hand. I'm not sure what brand it was, but it was something I was only going to buy because it was one dollar, but probably wouldn't if it was five. I said sure and went to hand it to him, but he said he didn't know how to tie it. So I tied it loosely around my neck and gave it to him to tighten and fixed his collar for him. He said thank you and then I watched him walk past the registers and out the front door without paying.Has anyone ever "helped out" someone else at their local thrift?
This one time I was going through some scarves, and I saw this woman who was obviously trying to find something warm for winter in the same aisle. I had some great scarves in my hand, but I didn't need any more and I felt a bit bad, so I gave her the ones I had and let her know they were of good quality. She definitely appreciated the help.
I feel sometimes like I have an obligation to give people a hand when I can see that they're actually looking for something decent too, and I already have enough. Anyway, just something to think about...
At first I felt bad that I had just helped someone steal, but the more I thought about it I imagine he had to be in a pretty low place to need steal $4 worth of used clothing and he was obviously trying to take steps to better his situation. At the end of the day I just hope he got the job.