Friday, January 18, 2008


I had to stop and get gas last night. So I pulled into the station, and it about broke my heart to pump $3.17!!!!-a-gallon gas into my car. Jeezus. I remember being shocked the first time gas went over $1.00 a gallon. I also used to walk to school uphill both ways in the snow, but that's a story for another day.

Anyway, I went inside, forked over a bunch of money, got my change, and was walking away, folding up the money and putting it in my wallet, when I noticed that the cashier had given me five bucks too much change.

And I stood there and thought about it. Gas is so effin expensive these days. The kid didn't even notice he'd given me too much change. He was already waiting on somebody else. I could walk out to my car, hop in, and drive away, five bucks richer.

Then I turned around and headed back to the register. The kid had this look on his face, like, "uh-oh, she's going to bitch that I shorted her on her change". Then I explained what had happened, handed him the five, and he thanked me about fifteen times.

I am a GOOD PERSON, dammit! Despite what my family says. Although there was that moment of temptation.


listie said...

You probably made that kid's night. He would have been in all kinds of trouble trying to explain why his register came up short.

And, yes, you are a good person.

Rockycat said...

I'm glad somebody thinks so!

bridgett said...

Yes, you are a good person. The kid might have had to cough up the money out of his own check had his drawer come up short.

Kerri said...

What goes around comes around! And hopefully he'll pay it forward!

Anonymous said...

$3.17 a gallon????

That's about one pound fifty for that gallon. We're paying one pound per litre and you get just over five litres per gallon so that makes our equivalent amount costing approximately $15!!!!!!

I would have been more than tempted!!