What you can learn from an ice cream sundae

Real Estate Agent with Surterre Properties

Monday's Life Lesson: Before you pass judgment, first treat others with courtesy, dignity, and respect.

A 10 year old boy approached a soda shop counter and climbed up onto a stool. "What does an ice cream sundae cost?" he asked the waitress.

"50 cents," she replied.

The little boy reached into his pockets and pulled out an assortment of change, carefully counting it as the waitress grew impatient. She had "more important" customers to wait on.

"Well, how much would just plain ice cream be?" the boy then asked.

Irritated, the waitress responded curtly, "35 cents."

Again, the boy slowly counted his money. "May I have some plain ice cream in a dish then, please?" He gave the waitress the correct amount, and she brought him his vanilla ice cream.

Later, the waitress returned to clear the dish and when she picked it up she felt a lump in her throat. There on the counter the boy left 2 nickles and 5 pennies. She realized that he had had enough money for the sundae, but sacrificed it so that he could leave her a tip.

Let's remember this boy and his ice cream sundae before we judge jobs, clients, or situations that we deem to be less important.

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Best regards.                                                                                                               

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GREEN GRI                                   

President, Orange County Association of Realtors  

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Pam Burzynski
Grace Realty Co. Inc. - Bethlehem, PA
Bethlehem Area Homes, Grace Realty Co. Inc.

Great Story, Michael, and so true.  But now I have a question, where can I get that dish of ice cream for 35 cents?

Sep 21, 2009 07:11 AM #1
Jon Budish
Resident Realty - Fort Collins, CO

It's good policy to treat everyone as if they are your most important client.

Sep 21, 2009 07:15 AM #2
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Pam, this story took place a long, long time ago. ;)

Jon, that is an excellent policy.

Sep 21, 2009 07:20 AM #3
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

We can learn alot from kids.  They often do not get enought credit for being so bright.

Sep 21, 2009 07:23 AM #4
Richard Shuman
The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts - Lake Mary, FL
Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals

What a wonderful story. I agree with Jon.

Treat everyone with the respect, dignity, and patience you want to be treated with.

This goes for life as well.

Sep 21, 2009 07:35 AM #5
Michael Johnson
Carolina One Real Estate - Goose Creek, SC
Metro Charleston SC

So very true Michael.  It is often tempting to treat the half a million dollar client with more dignity and respect than the 100K client.  Everyone deserves respect no matter that status or financial clout. 

Sep 23, 2009 02:18 AM #6
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