What you can learn from an ice cream sundae

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Real Estate Agent with Surterre Properties

Monday's Life Lesson: Before you pass judgment, first treat others with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

A 10 year old boy approached a soda shop counter and climbed up onto a stool. "What does an ice cream sundae cost?" he asked the waitress.

"50 cents," she replied.

The little boy reached into his pockets and pulled out an assortment of change, carefully counting it as the waitress grew impatient. She had "more important" customers to wait on.

"Well, how much would just plain ice cream be?" the boy then asked.

Irritated, the waitress responded curtly, "35 cents."

Again, the boy slowly counted his money. "May I have some plain ice cream in a dish then, please?" He gave the waitress the correct amount, and she brought him his vanilla ice cream.

Later, the waitress returned to clear the dish and when she picked it up she felt a lump in her throat. There on the counter the boy left 2 nickles and 5 pennies. She realized that he had had enough money for the sundae, but sacrificed it so that he could leave her a tip.

Let's remember this boy and his ice cream sundae before we judge jobs, clients, or situations that we deem to be less important.

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Jon Budish
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It's good policy to treat everyone as if they are your most important client.

September 21, 2009 02:15 PM
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Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties

Pam, this story took place a long, long time ago. ;)

Jon, that is an excellent policy.

September 21, 2009 02:20 PM
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Irene Tron

We can learn alot from kids.  They often do not get enought credit for being so bright.

September 21, 2009 02:23 PM
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Richard Shuman
Realtor, Broker - Preferred Realty of Florida - ww
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What a wonderful story. I agree with Jon.

Treat everyone with the respect, dignity, and patience you want to be treated with.

This goes for life as well.

September 21, 2009 02:35 PM
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Michael Johnson
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Carolina One Real Estate

So very true Michael.  It is often tempting to treat the half a million dollar client with more dignity and respect than the 100K client.  Everyone deserves respect no matter that status or financial clout. 

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