A series of anecdotes with or without any connection to the running of a restaurant.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

The sun shines on the righteous....

Does it really?

This morning, my faith in human nature was reinforced no end!
A letter containing a Scottish £10 arrived on my desk with the following words:

Scotland, 23rd June 2006
Dear Sir,
I was a customer yesterday at your restaurant with my sisters. The bill at the end of the meal left me feeling rather guilty. Did I pay the full price-not-sure as I left only £40 (Scottish notes) Please find enclosed another £10 (Scottish) which should cover the amount.

I have a feeling it was £43.95 or something.
Please accept my apology.
Thank you
Yours sincerely…
(which I cannot make out)

I cannot reply because there was no accompanying address.

This is just one of the honest gestures that sadly do not outweigh the bad experiences... but it shows that there is still hope...

If I am given extra change I always give it back... Am I frightened of the bolt of lightning that may strike as I step out of the shop...No, it just makes me feel good.

I believe that if we can all bring a tiny contribution to the overall feeling of righteousness in this world then it could turn out to be a good world... I am after all the eternal optimist...

So my response to this Scottish anonymous gentleman is this...

...for reminding me that I still live in a



Blogger wendz said...

It's always the little things that can turn a lousy day into something bright and beautiful.

A strangers smile...a kind word...someone letting you into a busy traffic-lane....seeing a youngster help an oldie with her shopping...and listening to good ol' Louis..never fails!

There's definitely still good in our world...it just isn't always obvious.

24/6/06 9:04 PM  
Blogger DCveR said...

There are still some honest people out there.

25/6/06 1:10 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

Oh..nice! Thanks for sharing!

25/6/06 2:05 AM  
Blogger Brian the Mennonite said...

I would go out of my way to do the same thing...and I'm not saying that to boast. It's like you said, it just makes you feel good. And when you do something like that, you silently wish the same feelings on the rest of the world...a kind of evangelism, I guess.

25/6/06 4:05 AM  
Blogger euro-trac said...

Just great - the kindness of strangers!
One of those 'Cream' type posts that! :O)

25/6/06 4:01 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

The ripple effect...

25/6/06 4:43 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Wendz, you are definitely right there!

DC, it is nice to know!

Thanks, Janet!

Brian, it should be a ripple effect like Mary said!

Trac, it really made my day!

25/6/06 9:32 PM  
Blogger Le Chat said...

Oh that is so nice. It gives you such a nice warm feeling when that happens (like when the guinea pig wees on my lap when I am stroking him - well perhaps not quite the same).
You do write such nice posts, Cream.

25/6/06 9:40 PM  
Blogger Dons said...

How nice. I do like to think that the majority of people are, for the most part, good. It's just the odd few bastards who mess it up for the rest of us!

25/6/06 10:21 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Kitty and the Ecuadorian national dish! You crack me up! Thanks!

Dons swearing! Oh, my dog!
But I agree with you...

26/6/06 10:46 AM  
Blogger Hayden said...

what an incredible effect that money has had! given back in nameless silence, all of us have had it brighten our day!

26/6/06 1:48 PM  
Blogger Calamity Tat said...

Oh jolly good Cream, all's well with the world then... Let's drink a glass of rose to that at 7my tme huh? The kindness of strangers.. Now go and change my name, I am no longer getting my tips out!

26/6/06 2:29 PM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Well, there goes that old stereotype aboot Scots bein' cheapskates! HA!

Nice story. Great way to start a Monday, thanks.

26/6/06 3:24 PM  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

That is a wonderful thing to happen, Cream. My guess is that you've done tons of good stuff for others though.

26/6/06 5:59 PM  
Blogger cream said...

Hayden, a really good feeling it gave to all the staff on Saturday...

Tat, that's a bit too early but I shall be joining you for a glass of Chilean Rosé a little later...
Your tips out?

Well, HE, stereotypes are just a load of waffle! Enjoy your Monday!

Gigi, nice to have you back online! I don't always think about it but my rule is what goes around comes around!

26/6/06 6:28 PM  
Blogger ramblingwoman said...

I heard a thing on the radio yesterday that said if someone falls over in the street it takes an average of nine seconds before someone helps them up! Invariably, they will be helped, it's human nature (this person said). However, if you come across someone in the street that hasn't been helped up the inclination is to NOT help them! Hmmm, ponder that one.

But with ref to your blog - I think it's incredible that someone actually went to that trouble AFTER the event when they could have so easily just thought about it but done nothing...my mum used to say "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" - how true that is.

27/6/06 8:13 AM  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

I probably shoud have read this first as I see you say you have had many times that you dealt with non-payers! I am like you, the eternal optimist! Yea!!!

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