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Real Estate Agent with Real Property, Inc.

A couple days ago I went to my favorite wholesale store to shop for some office supplies and other odds and ends.  While perusing the baked goods department (my favorite dept.) I noticed a short older lady across the counter from me looking at boxes of fresh baked pastries, we smiled at each other and after I selected a package of brownies I continued on my mission. 

I finished up shopping and wheeled my cart around to the check-out isles.  There in the next check-out line ahead of me was the older lady from the pastry counter.  Among the items in her carriage were several large packages of bottled water and a package of brownies from the pastry counter.  She finished checking out ahead of me and I heard her asking the check-out clerk if there was someone who could help put the packages of bottled water in the trunk of her car because they were heavy.  I noticed the clerk made a phone call, there was a conference with another check-out clerk and the lady pushed her cart over to the side and patiently waited.

I finished up going through the register, pushed my cart to head out of the store and passed the pastry counter lady still patiently standing by her loaded cart.  I asked her if she needed some help.  She said she was told that someone would help her but they were busy and would help her as soon as they could.  I said that I'd be happy to help her so we looked over to her check-out clerk and waved good bye.

We had a friendly chat on our way to her blue Buick.  I lifted the heavy packages of water into her trunk along with her other purchases.  While I loaded the trunk she started to rustle her hand in her coat pocket as if she was looking for her keys so I reminded her the keys were still in the trunk lock.  She pushed her hand over to mine with some money in it and said the brownies are on me. I said Thank You! but No No!  Please donate that to the local food pantry.  We smiled at each other and said Bye Bye!

John R. Crosby, Realtor & Appraiser 
Real Property, Inc.
19 Linden St.
, Marblehead, MA  01945
781-479-4177  phone & fax

Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

What  a nice helper you are!!!  I know living alone these days that when i go to a big box store...it would be nice to have help some times with the heavy things!  You are a dear to help her!

Feb 20, 2011 06:30 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Thanks Deborah!  She had a cute twinkle in her eye and we both have a sweet tooth for brownies.

Feb 20, 2011 06:37 AM
Michael Therriault
Michael Therriault Contracting - M.T. Contracting - Blakeslee, PA
The name to remember when you want it done right.

That was very nice of you. As we get older it seems we can all use a little help once in a while.

Feb 20, 2011 06:38 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Michael Thanks!  How True!!!

Feb 20, 2011 06:40 AM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi John, you were so thoughtful and kind to do that.  You made that lady's day.  What you send out comers back to you.  Good things coming your way!

Feb 20, 2011 06:41 AM
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

It always feels good to know you've made someone's day just a little brighter.

Feb 20, 2011 06:42 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Judith & Pat Thank You!  It didn't take more than a couple minutes at the most to do, it something very simple to do and her car wasn't parked very far from mine.

Feb 20, 2011 06:46 AM
Valerie Baker
Exit Real Estate Professionals - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor

Must have been a Boy Scout! :) Isn't it funny though how that the Northeast seems to be the only part of the country where they don't automatically ask to help carry out your groceries.  We have lived in the South and the West and in some stores they even INSIST on taking the groceries out for you.  Wonder why that is region specific.

Feb 20, 2011 07:33 AM
Wade Mattingly
WEICHERT Realtors--Bluegrass Living - Lexington, KY

Just imagine if everyone took the time to do that just once a day.

Feb 20, 2011 07:55 AM
JoAnn Moore
The Mortgage Market of Delaware - Georgetown, DE
Home Loans in Delaware

Good for you John. Way to go. It was nice you to notice the lady's predicament and make the choice to help her out. 

Feb 20, 2011 09:39 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Valerie Thanks!  Wow that would be great if stores offered services here like those in your part of the country, In the store I where this happened we don't even get bags..they do offer the cardboard boxes that the inventory was delivered in, I'm serious!  but the prices are great so I bring canvas shopping bags and I feel that I'm doing something good for the environment.

Feb 20, 2011 10:39 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Wade Thank You, It's so simple to be conscious of other's needs around us and what I did was easy and it felt great that I could help someone in a little need.

Feb 20, 2011 10:42 AM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

JoAnn Thanks! If only everyone took a couple minutes a day to do some small good deed think of how much better we all could be.

Feb 20, 2011 10:45 AM
Jim Hazell
Real Property Inc. - Marblehead, MA

John,good job helping others.

Feb 20, 2011 01:01 PM
John Crosby
Real Property, Inc. - Marblehead, MA

Thanks Jim!  You are a great example of someone who is always helping people in need!

Feb 20, 2011 01:16 PM