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    Randon Acts of Kindness

    How about this. I love the idea. On a news show every morning that I watch they are doing random acts of kindness. For instance, today they paid for taxi cab rides for people. Now I am not suggesting that we spend our money to do the 'rak', but I think it would be fun for anyone who wants to play this game to look for someone to help in one way or another and then post here what happened. I dont think it would take long to find someone to help out. Martha, when you said that the guy let the door shut in your face, it made me nuts. There have been times when Randy will stand at the door for a group of people and they will not even have the courtesy to turn back to say thanks. So, lets look ... dont think it will be too hard to do something to help, even as simple as holding the door for someone.
    "Oh Lord, bless me indeed, enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, keep me from evil, so that I will not cause pain."

    #2
    I have paid for the car behind me at Mcdonalds. I didn't even look back to see the reaction or even who was behind me. For the $5 or so that it cost it makes for a good story.

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      #3
      Originally posted by canuck-off:

      I have paid for the car behind me at Mcdonalds.
      I like that 'rak'. Being in the chair, I've noticed myself feeling helpless at times because I couldn't do something physically to help people....ie- help pick something up that someboody dropped, hold open a door, help a mom with her hands full, etc. This is something that I can do from the comfort of my car. And I know it would make me smile if my lunch was paid for out of the blue! [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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        #4
        Before EZ pass I'd pay for the toll of the car behind me.

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          #5
          On pay-day me and the boys would pool up a little cash find a gas station and fill up the first vehicle that pulled in behind us.That however could be fairly expensive endeavour these days..

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            #6
            Im in a W/C and i still go out of my way to hold the door open for AB ppl. That must be my great dad rubbing off on me.

            Thanks MOM and DAD for making me the person im today.

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              #7
              Originally posted by canuck-off:

              I have paid for the car behind me at Mcdonalds. I didn't even look back to see the reaction or even who was behind me. For the $5 or so that it cost it makes for a good story.
              I bet they still charged the driver behind you and pocketed the cash.

              I was always the nice hold the door open for anybody person. Friends always called me when they needed help, or complete strangers called me because they heard I had helped someone else. Being somewhat gifted at computers, word got around campus fast that I was the person to call.

              Being in this chair has kind of turned me bitter. I hate having to rely on other people for help now, because I usually can't get any. I liked being independent. I don't like other people holding doors for me, or thinking they need to help me. Most people will hold the door open for me because I'm in a chair, but I still put on a fake smile and thank them for it. I can't stand it when people offer to push me. I know their trying to be nice. One woman at the grocery store started pulling my shopping cart. I tried nicly telling her that I could do it myself, but she kept pulling. I was starting to get a little ticked off because I was trying to stop and she kept pulling. [img]/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif[/img]

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                #8
                Jim I can personally vouch for the fact that McDonalds--at least the one I went to--gave me the food free when a car in front of me did that. It made my day ... renewed my faith in my fellow wo/man.

                Kisses to all you men who hold the door open, even for "strange" women like me.

                Bee, after meeting your husband, I have no doubt he has the kindness and chivalry of a prince. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]

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                  #9
                  jimnms,
                  I can understand that you wouldnt want to be pushed. I know Jesse hates it if I tried to push him in the chair. Same with your shopping cart. But please dont think that anytime anyone does something to be kind to you is simply because you are in the chair. We hold doors open for people all the time...old or young...it is just common courtesy. [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]
                  "Oh Lord, bless me indeed, enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, keep me from evil, so that I will not cause pain."

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                    #10
                    Ok, I have two raks to report. I put on 400 miles yesterday and looked hard to help someone out. I ended up giving a little boy in the Walmart parking lot a sucker with his mom right there, I might add. And then I obsessed about what a stupid thing that was to do since it might have taught him to accept candy from a stranger and also, I worried about him choking on the gum inside the sucker. See, this proves what a worrier I am. So, then we had dinner at Chilis and we did good. We gave the server a very good tip. She was getting ready to go into the Air Force so it was very easy to help her out.
                    "Oh Lord, bless me indeed, enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, keep me from evil, so that I will not cause pain."

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                      #11
                      I always try to give panhandlers money when I see them, I guess thats not that random of act tho since they're standing there with a sign asking for it.
                      I also always leave a fat tip to waitresses, extra fat if they're cute!
                      Oh and I always try to hold the door for others when I see someone else coming, especially girls...Its a good way to check out their ass after they walk through the door in front of ya.[img]/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif[/img]

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                        #12
                        When did plain courtesy be replaced by "Random acts of kindness"? Don't get me wrong, these are nice things (holding the door, tipping, etc.) but I was raised to do these things automatically.

                        In a different perspective, we all like to help other people. In order to help other people these "other" people need to accept or help. In my 20 plus years I have had to reduce my ego and adjust my pride and make other people happy by accepting help.

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                          #13
                          JT,
                          The hospital I work at, one has to be careful when giving money to a panhandler. The last time ever that I gave someone the change in my pocket, he became angry stating that he asked for a dollar not change. I walked away in disgust only to have him follow me. When he started to grung at me, I had some fear, how is this broken body going to defend itself against some enraged schitzo? I was lucky that one of our police officers turned the corner and started walking toward me, saved the day.

                          My kindness, it's only May and I've already given over $1000 to charity. I hold the door open for anyone behind me. I also listen to people rant, even when it irritates the heck outa me.

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                            #14
                            One of the ideas behind the random act of kindness is to hopefully give the person the idea that you are doing the act of kindness to. You might have been raised right by your parents , to hold doors for people, but I cant count the times a door was let go in my face. Maybe the simple courtesy of holding the door for someone will nudge another in the right direction the next time. Just because you are a gentleman doesnt mean the whole world is. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
                            "Oh Lord, bless me indeed, enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, keep me from evil, so that I will not cause pain."

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                              #15
                              Monday around noon my doorbell rang. I wasn't expecting anybody, and figured it was probably the Jehovah's Witnesses or the mormans coming to "save" me, and that's why I installed the intercom at the door.

                              It turned out to be a couple of kids that were cutting grass. I went to the door, and told them that our neighbor cuts the front for us, but I needed someone to cut the back yard. Our back yard is big and isn't easy to cut especially since it's already overgrown, but they said they'd do it for $10 each. I said go for it, and I was thinking the probably didn't know what they were getting into.

                              I was going to give them more than $10 each because I know how hard it is to cut our yard with a push mower. Since we lived here it's destroyed one riding mower and three push mowers.

                              It wasn't long before he rang the doorbell again, he said his mower died and he'd come back after he got it fixed. He had some old ragged out push mower, and siad they were saving up to get a new one. I gave them $10 for what they did, and told them they could have my old mower since I can't use it anymore. I told them it would need some work to get it running again because it had been sitting there unused for 2 years. They did come back yesterday and finished cutting the grass.

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