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

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

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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Rainer
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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!

 

June 24, 2011 09:57 AM
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Sheila Anderson
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Referral Group Incorporated

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.

June 24, 2011 10:02 AM
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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!

June 24, 2011 10:20 AM
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Chris Ann Cleland
Associate Broker, Northern VA
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA

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.

June 24, 2011 10:33 AM
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Jerry Newman
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation
Green Home Realty, 210-789-4216,www.Selling-SanAntonioHomes.com

Hi Belinda. What a wonderful story and a great Pay it forward. I know he was glad you came to his rescue.

June 24, 2011 10:51 AM
Rainmaker
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Belinda Spillman
Your Real Estate Resource For Life!
Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

Will,  I figured if he couldn't afford gas, he couldn't afford a house.

June 24, 2011 11:06 AM
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Heather McCurdy
Realtor - South Seattle, Kent, Covington, Maple Valley
Prudential Northwest Realty

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!

 

June 24, 2011 11:06 AM
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Belinda Spillman
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Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

Brian,  I totally believe in Karma, that is why I love the pay it forward group.

June 24, 2011 11:07 AM
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Belinda Spillman
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Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

Barbara,  I would be mortified!!!!

June 24, 2011 11:07 AM
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Belinda Spillman
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Warren,  he must have been wondering why I drove off smiling....

June 24, 2011 11:08 AM
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Belinda Spillman
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Sheila,  Thanks.  You never know when we will be on the other end of the spectrum.

June 24, 2011 11:08 AM
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Belinda Spillman
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Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

Collette,  I love pay it forward.  Ralph is awesome for creating this group!

June 24, 2011 11:09 AM
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Belinda Spillman
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Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

Chris,  You and Will are on the same wavelength there.

June 24, 2011 11:09 AM
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Belinda Spillman
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Jerry,  It always feels so great to help someone out randomly.

June 24, 2011 11:10 AM
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Belinda Spillman
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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!!!!

June 24, 2011 11:11 AM
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Margie Kopp Sorrell
Lake Oconee Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country

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!

June 24, 2011 11:54 AM
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Joan Cox
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373

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!

June 24, 2011 02:41 PM
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Judith Parker
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC
ProStead Realty

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.

June 24, 2011 08:16 PM
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Belinda Spillman
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Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC

Margie,  Poor guy.  I think this was the first time he ever had to ask a stranger for help.

June 25, 2011 01:00 PM
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Belinda Spillman
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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!!!!!

June 25, 2011 01:01 PM
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