If you’ve ever gone to a store and paid with cash chances are you’ve felt rushed either when counting your money to give to the cashier or trying to put your money back in your wallet. Everything seems so fast-paced and if you don’t hurry up you’ll back up the line.
Spring Bowlin recently shared a photo of this exact situation.
Bowlin was at a Walmart in Mississippi when she noticed a man getting flustered over his change.
The customer in front of Bowlin was an older gentleman, and when the cashier finished ringing up his items he took out his money to pay. He reached into his pockets and took out a handful of change. He began counting the change, but miscounted.
Bowlin noticed that he started to get flustered and turned around to face her and say, “I’m so sorry.”
She told the Clarion Ledger that initially she wanted to pay for the man’s items, but then thought how one of her male relatives would have felt.
The cashier counted the man’s change with him.
“This beautiful cashier takes his hands and dumps all the change on the counter and says, ‘This is not a problem, honey. We will do this together,'” Bowlin wrote on her Facebook.
“When she reached out and got his hand, that almost put him at ease immediately,” Bowlin told the Clarion Ledger. “That was her way of being compassionate.”
She continued to watch the two as they counted the man’s change and the man insisted on apologizing to the cashier and Bowlin for the time he was taking away from both of them.
It was a simple act of kindness, but it had a profound effect on everyone involved.
Once the man paid for his items and he left, Bowlin thanked the cashier for being so kind and patient with the man. Bowlin wrote that the cashier shook her head and told her it wasn’t necessary. She said it was almost as if she was embarrassed for being called out for doing a good deed.
“You shouldn’t have to thank me, baby,” Bowlin recalled the cashier saying. “What’s wrong with our world is we’ve forgotten how to love one another.”