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10 July 2008

One Should Never Judge Others Unless They Know The Whole Story

Some people!' snorted a man standing behind me in the long line at the
grocery store.

'You would think the manager would pay attention and open another line,'
said a woman.

I looked to the front of the line to see what the hold up was and saw a well
dressed, young woman, trying to get the machine to accept her credit card.

No matter how many times she swiped it, the machine kept rejecting it.

'It's one of them welfare card things. Damn people need to get a job like
everyone else,' said the man standing behind me.

The young woman turned around to see who had made the comment.
'It was me,' he said, pointing to himself.

The young lady's face began to change expression.

Almost in tears, she dropped the welfare card onto the counter and quickly
walked out of the store.

Everyone in the checkout line watched as she began running to her car. Never
looking back, she got in and drove away.

After developing cancer in 1977 and having had to use food stamps; I had
learned never to judge anyone, without knowing the circumstances of their
life. This turned out to be the case today.

Several minutes later a young man walked into the store.

He went up to the cashier and asked if she had seen the woman.

After describing her, the cashier told him that she had run out of the
store, got into her car,
and drove away.

'Why would she do that?' asked the man.

Everyone in the line looked around at the fellow who had made the

'I made a stupid comment about the welfare card she was using.

Something I shouldn't have said. I'm sorry,' said the man.

'Well, that's bad, real bad, in fact.

Her brother was killed in Afghanistan two years ago.

He had three young children and she has taken on that responsibility.

She's twenty years old, single, and now has three children to support,' he
said in a very firm voice.

'I'm really truly sorry; I didn't know,' he replied, shaking both his hands

The young man asked, 'Are these paid for?' pointing to the shopping cart
full of groceries. 'It wouldn't take her card,' the clerk told him.

'Do you know where she lives?' asked the m an who had made the comment.

'Yes, she goes to our church.

'Excuse me,' he said as he made his way to the front of the line.

He pulled out his wallet, took out his credit card and told the cashier,
'Please use my card.

The clerk took his credit card and began to ring up the young woman's

Hold on,' said the gentleman.

He walked back to his shopping cart and
began loading his own groceries onto the belt to be included.

'Come on people. We got three kids to help raise!' he told everyone in

Everyone began to place their groceries onto the fast moving belt.

A few customers began bagging the food and placing it into separate carts.

'Go back and get two big turkeys,' yelled a heavyset woman, as she looked at
the man. 'NO !' yelled the man.

Everyone stopped dead in their tracks. The entire store became quiet for
several seconds.

'Four turkeys,' yelled the man. Everyone began laughing and went back to

When all was said and done, the man paid a total of $1,646.57 for the

He then walked over to the side, pulled out his check book, and began
writing a check using the bags of dog food piled near the front of the store
for a writing surface.

He turned around and handed the check to the young man - 'She will need a
freezer and a few other things as well,' he told the man.

The young man looked at the check and said, 'This is really very generous
of you.

'No,' said the man. 'Her brother was the generous one.

Everyone in the store had been observing the odd commotion and began to
clap. And I drove home that day feeling very American.

A great example of why we should be kind and patient.

We live in the Land of the free, because of the Brave!