I guess I should qualify this title. COSTCO is my least favorite grocery store, with its dizzyingly (real word?) tall aisles, the long, long lines and having to throw my raw chicken right in to the back of my car with no bag …. but this isn’t a blog about COSTCO.
Last night I went to Rainbow. I didn’t want to leave the house but needed to pick up the stuff for baking today (we always bake bread for the homeless on the day before Thanksgiving). Of course, as I wandered the aisles, I found more things than we needed … but that’s life. By the time I’d gotten to the checkout, I’d spent close to $200.00.
As I was frantically trying to bag my own groceries (because there were a million people behind me) I dropped my entire carton of eggs, which broke all over the floor, my cart and some of my food. S***!
The manager immediately comes over, assesses the disgusting situation, and proceeds to have the area cleaned and all new food brought to me. How nice! But, that’s not even the best part. As I’m standing there (playing on my phone, of course) a woman walks up to the service counter with three little kids and hands the service employee something and the employee gives the woman and her kids two bags.
I can’t help myself and I walk over and start chatting with the service counter woman. She tells me that last night the woman didn’t have enough money for her groceries and the store kept the groceries overnight (actually, giving her some items free because they knew she would come back) and that’s what she was picking up.
Wow. How nice. By the time I’d finished this conversation, my groceries were cleaned up, repacked and ready to go.
I still am not in love with the lack of carpet, the fresh fruit and vegetable department or the long lines. But, I did fall in love with the way in which they helped me and helped her. Today, I’m going to pay it forward somehow.
Have a fantastic day!