This nice gesture made my day

Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

starbucks logoYesterday, I found myself at Starbucks in between appointments...what else is new?


This Starbucks was one I don't frequent that often because they don't have a free parking lot (and I keep running out of quarters).  So, I pulled in yesterday, and I was about to make a quick phone call, and the car next to me "lightly" beeped.  I could tell, it was a nice beep.


He said, "I'm about to leave and I have 46 minutes left on my meter.  So if you want, pull into my space."  I was thrilled.  He made my day.  Yes, there are nice people out there and these little gestures can really make your day.

Comments (32)

Mary Elizabeth Allen
Lake Monticello, VA

Hooray for small acts of kindness! That guy definitely has some good karma coming his way. The most fun part, in my opinion, is the moment when you pay it forward for the next person - however you do it!

Mar 05, 2012 11:26 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Kathy - Yes, they are for sure.  I'm still telling people about it.

Sheila - I so agree with you.

Mary - Yes, I'm looking forward to that.  I just have to figure out the right opportunity.

Mar 06, 2012 02:01 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Debbie - This guy paid it forward... You know how it works my friend.  Now it's your turn... Pay it forward in some way, shape, form or fashion.  Don't break the goodness cycle.  Make it a great day in all you do!

Mar 06, 2012 03:42 AM
Bryan Robertson
Los Altos, CA

Pay it forward!  It's nice gestures like that that remind me the world is still a pretty nice place.

Mar 06, 2012 03:46 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

John - Yes, I definitely will.

Bryan - Yes, I love it.  And, need to do stuff like this more often.

Mar 06, 2012 03:59 AM
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Deb, its always so true, it's the little things one does do!

Mar 06, 2012 06:31 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Ellen - Yes, it made such an impression on me.

Mar 06, 2012 07:56 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

It's random acts of kindness like this one that you've mentioned that consistently restores my faith in humanity and proves my theory that people are inherently good and will do the right thing given the choice.

Mar 06, 2012 08:07 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Craig - Yes, I love your outlook.

Mar 06, 2012 09:47 AM
Coral Gundlach
Compass - Arlington, VA
Real Lives. Not Just Real Estate.

Ah, what a nice little "pick me up" in addition to the 'Bucks!  Love it when nice things like that happen.  And love it when I can do it for others too.  

Mar 06, 2012 10:34 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Deb, there's a bit of an inconsistency in not wanting to pay for parking yet having coffee at Starbucks?

Mar 06, 2012 10:35 AM
Mark Delgado
houses for rent, Solano County & Glen Cove - Benicia, CA
Benicia and Vallejo, Property Management, rental h

Hearing about the nice gesture that you experienced actually cheered me up a bit. Good for you and thank you. 

Mar 06, 2012 10:38 AM
Deepak Chauhan
Versailles Property - Irvine, CA
Irvine, CA ... the place to be

Deb, you are right it is not the quarter ... the kind gesture makes your day

Mar 06, 2012 10:38 AM
Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY

Hey Debbie...thanks for sharing such a positive experience.  I'm one of those overly nice types who does the cute toot and beep and let's people take the tail end of my meter change.  We're the one's who see a meter about to expire next to the one we're filling and put a quarter in to save someone a ticket.  It's Karma, baby.  Glad you got the benefit and you deserve it!

Mar 06, 2012 01:16 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Coral - yes, it was a nice surprise and a double win

Ed - No,...I'm afraid I'm going to get a ticket by forgetting to put money in the meter.  Some are only good for 1 hour...and yes, I have forgotten and gotten tickets.

Mark - Oh good, I'm so glad to hear that.

Deepak - Yes, exactly.

Hillary - Yes, I know you are.  that's one of the many reasons I like you.

Mar 06, 2012 06:58 PM
Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

That's called the Golden Rule!  And it is especially nice when we see the Golden Rule employed in the business world.

Mar 06, 2012 07:30 PM
Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

This was a nice way of someone paying it forward! Like you said, it's not the amount it's the gesture.

Have an AWESOME day!


Mar 06, 2012 09:15 PM
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Debbie, it is amazing how a small gesture can change your entire outlook, did you pay it forward?

Mar 08, 2012 11:48 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

Great post and I find you generally find what you seek, you obviously are a nice person and you were probably being paid back subcutaneously

Mar 16, 2012 01:50 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Jay - Yes, s true, and I guess it's kind of rare there, so it really sticks out when it happens.

Michael - Yes, exactly.

Chris - Yes, it certainly is.

Charles - Oh thank you.  That is so sweet.

Mar 16, 2012 08:30 PM