Brevard North Carolina Real Estate Blog: Paying it forward? Or absent minded motorist. You decide

Paying it forward? Or absent minded motorist. You decide

The strangest thing happened today. Robert stopped at our local BP station to top off his car. He swiped his card as usual, but as the purchase amount approached $19.00 the pump began to slow down and when it reached $20.00 even, it stopped. Strange. So he went inside to see what the situation was. Was it his credit card? The lady behind the counter explained that whoever was there before had prepaid. Did they prepay then forget to put $20 worth of gas in their own car? Or could it be a good Samaritan paying it forward?

I've heard of stories where people go through a drive through, or to their dry cleaners, and prepay an amount for whoever comes in after they leave...but I've never been on the receiving end of it.

Robert left his name and phone number in case the person came back and wanted to "claim" their $20 of gas. We would gladly pay back the $20. There are a lot of blue collar construction guys who travel through our area and I'd hate to think that one of these hardworking guys somehow forgot they had prepaid for their gas and lost $20. But if it was someone who just wanted to offer a little bit of help during these difficult times...well the thought of that just warms my heart.

We'll see if we get a phone call or not.

 

 

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Comment balloon 1 commentCarol Clay • June 09 2009 05:57PM

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Interesting post, and I guess it could go either way. As much as I would like to think it's a thoughtful citizen paying it forward, I will stay tuned to hear if you get a call.

Mike

Posted by Mike Eddy, Maui Real Estate Broker (Coldwell Banker Island Properties) over 9 years ago

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