I was at Centre Point a few months back to buy some clothing. I saw an attractive T-Shirt on the shelf. Normally Centre Point keeps some sample sizes on the hangar for people to try out. 1/n
This is to prevent people from soiling all the dresses.

Unable to find one of similar size on the hangar, I called across to a Filipina Sales Lady and asked her whether I can get one to try the size. 2/n
She asked me to take one from the shelf.

I responded "I don't want to give you additional work. If you have one on the hangar, I would rather try it than make you fold the one on the shelf again". 3/n
The look on her face was one of sheer happiness, relief and amazement.

She came to me crossing two rows with a huge smile and saying,

"Sir, that is first nice thing I have heard in this job for a long, long time. Some one genuinely cares for my work", 4/n
she personally took out my size from the shelf, removed the packaging and opened it out for me to try with a huge huge smile.

On my way to trying out the T Shirt for size, while I was happy that I gave her something to cheer about 5/n
(though what I did to make her so happy, I still could not fathom), it left me wondering as to why is it that such a small comment made a big impact on her. Is it that she is treated shabbily in the workplace and by customers? 6/n
Is it that customer take sales people for granted and order them around?. Why can't we all show a bit of humaneness and old world courtesy in our interactions?.

The world will be a much better place. 7/n
Ironically, on the same day, I had gone despite poor health, I had gone to drop a Friend at the Airport. On the way out of the Parking lot, there was a small queue at the exit barrier.

I saw an old man in a GMC on my left row 8/n
& out of courtesy to an elderly person, I waved him to go ahead.

Next thing I felt was a slight bump. The guy behind me had deliberately bumped to show his protest. Since my car that day was old and identifying another scratch would have meant resurrecting Sherlock Holmes, 9/n
I did not react.

Once I got out, this guy overtook me, cut in front of me, shook his fist and drove off.

That was the thanks I got for being courteous to an old man.

Life is Beautiful!!! n/n

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