Pay it Forward - Hey Mam Can You Spare a Gallon?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado

pay it forwardPay it Forward - Hey Mam Can You Spare a Gallon?

I was telling my business partner, Will, this week that I needed to do a "Pay it Forward" so I needed to put my thinking cap on.  He said, relax, something will come up.

I went to fill my car (Sugar) with gas yesterday when a polite young man pulled up on the other side of the pump.

He said, "Excuse me, but my car is out of gas and my credit card is declined and I have no cash with me. Is there any way you can help me out so I can make it home and find some money?"

I told him absolutely.  I could see that he wasn't the typical guy on the street who begs for money and then drives off in his BMW.  He was a nice young man about 20 years old and he was truly embarrassed about asking for help.

I dug through my console and found $13.  I handed it over to him and said, "I know it doesn't buy very many gallons of gas, but it should get you home."  He was stunned!

He went inside and prepaid for his $13 worth of gas.  When he came out he couldn't stop thanking me.  He complimented my car and then told me how much he liked my dress.  Ok, enough.  Fill your car with gas and move on. 

I think he was just so blown away that a stranger would help him, he didn't know how to handle it.

I drove away with a smile knowing that I had made a difference in this young man's day.

 

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Warren Veach
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Belinda,

What a wonderful thing to do!

It is people's random thoughts, and more importantly acts, of kindness that restore my faith in humanity daily.

Surely you will be the recipient of someone else's blessings down the line.

Have a GREAT day!

 

Jun 24, 2011 09:57 AM #4
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Sheila Anderson
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Belinda, you did a very nice thing. You may never know what your kindness meant to this guy, but it meant something to me to hear about it.

Jun 24, 2011 10:02 AM #5
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Collette Sarmento
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Love this!  Pay it forward.  Small acts of kindness go a long way!

Have a great day!

Jun 24, 2011 10:20 AM #6
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Chris Ann Cleland
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That's really nice of you.  I hope you handed him a business card and let him know that you are a fantastic real estate agent.

Jun 24, 2011 10:33 AM #7
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Jerry Newman
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Hi Belinda. What a wonderful story and a great Pay it forward. I know he was glad you came to his rescue.

Jun 24, 2011 10:51 AM #8
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Belinda Spillman
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Will,  I figured if he couldn't afford gas, he couldn't afford a house.

Jun 24, 2011 11:06 AM #9
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Heather McCurdy
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Hi Belinda-

That is a great story.  I love how the opportunity to pay it forward" just popped up!  (Maybe because you were looking for it)

I also love that you had $13 in your console!  I'd be lucky to find $0.13.

Have a great weekend!

 

Jun 24, 2011 11:06 AM #10
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Brian,  I totally believe in Karma, that is why I love the pay it forward group.

Jun 24, 2011 11:07 AM #11
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Barbara,  I would be mortified!!!!

Jun 24, 2011 11:07 AM #12
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Warren,  he must have been wondering why I drove off smiling....

Jun 24, 2011 11:08 AM #13
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Sheila,  Thanks.  You never know when we will be on the other end of the spectrum.

Jun 24, 2011 11:08 AM #14
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Collette,  I love pay it forward.  Ralph is awesome for creating this group!

Jun 24, 2011 11:09 AM #15
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Chris,  You and Will are on the same wavelength there.

Jun 24, 2011 11:09 AM #16
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Jerry,  It always feels so great to help someone out randomly.

Jun 24, 2011 11:10 AM #17
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Heather.  It is unusual for me to have that much cash in my console.  I must of stuffed cash in there after going through a drive through or something.  Who knew!!!!

Jun 24, 2011 11:11 AM #18
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Margie Kopp Sorrell
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Belinda- that's a phenomenal way to pay it forward! He obviously felt very compelled to let you know how much he appreciated it with the endless compliments!

Jun 24, 2011 11:54 AM #19
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Joan Cox
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Belinda, I bet you blew away that guy, thinking he would not be able to buy gas.   How embarrassing that had to have been!  Good job!

Jun 24, 2011 02:41 PM #20
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Hi Belinda, that is a great pay it forward.  You helped that young man get his ride hopefully home.  Also what a great impression you made on him...forever.

Jun 24, 2011 08:16 PM #21
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Margie,  Poor guy.  I think this was the first time he ever had to ask a stranger for help.

Jun 25, 2011 01:00 PM #22
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Joan,  He was very thankful to say the least!!!!

Judith.  I hope I truly helped him to have faith in man(woman)kind.  That is what it is all about!!!!!

Jun 25, 2011 01:01 PM #23
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