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Whenever I hear about random acts of kindness I think about how people unite and bond in times of trouble and catastrophes.
This morning I had traffic court, speeding tickets, expired registration,etc. After court I went to my local Huddle House and had a late breakfast with my wife who was able to sneak away from work. She works 6.5 days a week, so we took advantage of the minutes we had.
As we walked in, me being in uniform as usual, one of the servers yelled out, ‘I didn’t do it’, and laughed about it. I replied by saying, ‘I haven’t heard that one but just a few thousand times’, and it became quiet.
Seated in the booth next to us was a distinct looking man, and a boy about 12. The boy said hi and his grandfather nodded. There was two elderly women in the booth next to them and one of them thanked me for my service.
As we offered and waited for our food, my wife said I looked appreciative of the ladies comments. I noticed the man and his grandson finished up and left.
We ate and asked for our check. Our server came over and said, your check has been paid for by that man and his grandson. She told us he appreciates what you do and keeping us safe and didn’t want me to say anything until after he left.
For one of the few times in my life, I was speechless! Just about the time I think people only care about themselves,they surprise me, proving that their is still good decent people left in this world!


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That's awesome! My wife and I tried that for some members of our military when having breakfast while visiting my son when he was in college but we got beat to the pleasure by another grateful citizen. It made my day...and no it was not because I only had to pay my check that day but that others were as appreciative as I for the sacrifice that others are making on our behalf's! As always, be careful out there!
 

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Thank you sir, I am always careful. I’ve done the same for some in our military. I once told a soldier thank you for your service. He thanked me and said, I was protecting us while overseas, but you were protecting my family while I was there.


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If that doesn't make you grateful for living in America nothing will!
 

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First, I want to thank you for your service.

I have been beaten to the punch a few times lately - and love it that there are others like me that want to show appreciation for what you folks do. I think of that when I see enough bad news to make me wonder about the future of our great nation and think there may yet be hope.

I am a veteran but never saw combat (unless you count south Philly in the late '60's) but am so glad there are people like you that do what you do.

Thank you.
 

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Our server came over and said, your check has been paid for by that man and his grandson.
Gotta love it. For each person that says or does something to show some appreciation, there are 20 more nearby who appreciate what you do without mentioning it.
 

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Thanks to all, I know sometimes it seems that a person doesn’t say much, yet I know they respect what I do and the countless others that do this job. Again we know when we do it, it may be forgotten, yet it feels good when that random act of kindness happens.
In 2017 I found a missing child before he could even talk. It was the grandson of the manager of O’Reilly’s where we bought our parts for our squad cars, but didn’t know it at the time. He’d snuck out of the house while Dad was asleep and was running down the street when I saw him just before a severe thunderstorm hit that knocked down trees and power. I brought him to the Pd and stayed with him until the storm passed.
He now waves and wants to say hi every time I see him, and his grandmother is eternally grateful.


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this is an interesting thread

there is a mindset, or maybe a sort of wish or blessing that goes back almost 3,000 years:

May you be well, may no harm come to you, may you experience loving friendliness, joy, happiness, and peace...

its intended to be a goal for everyone that you interact with

the thing that makes this thread seem a bit odd (when you think about it) is the idea of a random act of kindness - like its a special or unique event

Its easy to single out a person like a policeman, fireman, veteran, nurse, teacher... and want to do something special for them to express your appreciation and thanks

the 3000 year old blessing is intended for everyone, people everywhere, and all living things (not just humans)

I saw a bumpersticker once that said something like: practice irrational outbursts of kindness!
Yikes! what?! why are you being so nice to THAT person?!

its the people who dont deserve it, who need it the most

because... its contagious
 

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So very true @KCW! I guess everybody has gotten wrapped up in their own personal world that we have forgotten some of the values that are essential for our survival as a society. It seems everybody has their nose jammed so deep into their phone that they truly miss the random stranger that could really use a little outreach that could be a difference maker in their day or life. I know I have an affinity for Police and Fire and Military as I know quite a few who are or have served us. My affinity for the military probably began back in the late 60's or early 70's. It made me sick to see what our military had to endure during the Vietnam era. I was only 10 or 12 but the thought of our soldiers being spat upon upset me so much that it made quite the impact when I would see this on our news channels. Plus growing up in Ohio, the memory of Kent State is a troubling one at best. So thank you for the reminder that everybody needs a little compassion from time to time regardless of occupation.
 
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