Pay it forward, again. It will always come back.

Real Estate Agent with Broker Associate PenFed Realty 0496522

.jpgI went to one of my favorite restaurants with a close friend.  The service was unusually slow.  When the waitress finally took our order I had sinking feeling she would get it wrong.  (Sometimes you just know).  I made a point to explain it clearly twice.  After an unacceptable period of time a manager came to the table to tell me they didn't have what I ordered.  I was disappointed because I was ‘in the mood' for something particular but I couldn't have it.  Being that I had invested time already I decided to stay and deal with the change.  When the order was delivered to the table it was wrong.  I was getting irritated and made it a point to tell the waitress what was on my mind.  She was apologetic and made things right immediately.

Then the check came.  It was a lot less than what I expected so I had to do some close inspection.  I saw that I wasn't charged for some of what was ordered.  I called the waitress back over to the table.  I showed her the mistake and she informed me she omitted some things on purpose because of the slow service and mix up.  I told her I didn't have a problem paying what I actually owe and wanted her to adjust the ticket.  She smiled and said, "I hope you have children and you are teaching them your principles.  Most people would have paid and left."  This made me feel good so I started to think maybe her service wasn't so bad after all.  (I know, a sucker for compliments).


.jpgLet's fast forward to a few days later.  I am at the same restaurant with a prospective new agent.  (Still wanting to feed the craving).  The service was good and the food was great!  When the check came it was exactly what I expected.  I hand my card to the waitress and she says, "You were you here a few days ago, right?"  Me, "Yes, is there some sort of problem?"  She said, "I heard how nice you were to the other waitress and about how you wouldn't let her under charge you."

Needless to say, the agent signed with me and will be coming on next week.  Not too shabby, eh?  My point of telling you this is not to toot my own horn.  It is to remind you the smallest amount of kindness and sticking to your principles (regardless of your disappointment in others) will be paid back in Karma or in cash.  Sometimes both!

Comments (103)

Eric McGowan
Moody, AL

Mel, words to live by. It is great that you made an impression. Hopefully, others remember your kind deeds down the road.

Nov 07, 2008 06:51 AM
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Melody - What a wonderful story and it is so true, the smallest things can ad up to the largest rewards and I do believe in Karma. I will be blogging a wonderful post on my rewards that have been given for my kindness, in the future.

By the way is that a wood seal kissing you, cute pic?

                                                  Robert Swetz

Nov 07, 2008 07:12 AM
Kristin Moran
Owner - RE/MAX Access - - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397

congratulations on the feature!  Great job Mel!  KM

Nov 07, 2008 07:31 AM
James Engel
Keller Williams Realty Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, CA
KW Beverly Hills

I wish I could say I would have let the lack of service slide like you, but it seems you won their heart and respect, so something went right. Good job on the recruit by the way

Nov 07, 2008 07:40 AM
Tom Burris
NMLS# 335055 - Baton Rouge, LA
Texas/Louisiana Mortgage Pro - 13 YRS Experience

I love it when they take something off the bill.... because I way overtip and give the deserving person my money!!

Congrats on the good karma!!


Nov 07, 2008 08:45 AM
Harley Ramsey
Keller Williams - Chatsworth, CA
Chatsworth, CA Real Estate

Hey Melody---awesome story!  The second visit is like a cherry on top of a great moral to the story.  Thanks for sharing.  Cheers, Harley

Nov 07, 2008 08:47 AM
Robert W. Bowen
Equity Real Estate - Sandy, UT

I have had similar experiences with being honest. 

Nov 07, 2008 10:07 AM
Gregory Lohr
West Columbia, SC

My heroes in this world are men and women of great character, those who do the right thing, especially when no one is looking.  They know that they have to look in the mirror every day and have to answer to themselves.  A man or woman of great character has a hard time looking themselves in the eye when they step out of character, and no one knows it more than they do.

Thanks for this blog!  Blogging really is a great way to meet other people, in ways that we may not have been able to do before!   Some people just love to meet, or even get to see their favorite celebrity from a short distance away.  Not me, I'm not into that kind of stuff.  I prefer to meet people like you, who have a sense of right and wrong and always does what is right.  You go girl!

Nov 07, 2008 10:42 AM
Debbie Small
Long & Foster Realtors - Martinsburg, WV

That's a great story. I'm a firm believer that karma is always in the works.

Nov 07, 2008 11:04 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Almost there! It will take just a little bit of effort!

Nov 07, 2008 11:17 AM
Bob & Carolin Benjamin
Benjamin Realty LLC - Gold Canyon, AZ
East Phoenix Arizona Homes

What goes around comes around. Sometimes it does not take very long either.

Nov 07, 2008 11:23 AM
Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

Good job, Mel!  I look forward to meeting your new agent.

Congrats on the feature!  Whew-Hew!


Nov 07, 2008 12:06 PM
Maria Mastrolonardo, IL Probate Specialist
RE/MAX of Naperville & RE/MAX Enterprises - Naperville, IL
Illinois Probate Realtor

Melody - Great story, just goes to show that good things always happen to people of integrity :)

Nov 07, 2008 12:44 PM
Sherry Lee Cox
Platinum Properties - Paso Robles, CA

So, so true...  I do believe in karma:)

Nov 07, 2008 01:19 PM
Roland Woodworth
eXp Realty - Clarksville, TN
eXp Realty

Melody.. this is a great post.. Just think... you could possibly get a referral down the line from this.

Nov 07, 2008 01:47 PM
Linda DeRusha
Coldwell Banker Advantage - Garner, NC
Broker/Realtor, ABR,ASP,CDPE


Thank you for your post. This is a really "feel good" story and sometimea that's exactly what we need. What is so sad is that morals like yours are not the norm any more. Why is it that saving a couple of dollars is more important than being honest?

Nov 07, 2008 02:58 PM
Pippa Mac
Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring - The Woodlands, TX
The Woodlands TX Real Estate

Hey Melody ... great story and thanks for sharing!  pippa

Nov 07, 2008 03:05 PM
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Melody - that is a beautiful story - shows the importance of patience, understanding and even forgivness.  Karma goes a long way.  I always believe that if you put good stuff out there, a log of good comes back !  Conversely, it can go the other way as well which is why I do not enjoy hanging out with peopel full of negativity ! 

Nov 08, 2008 02:33 AM
Gina Teague
eXp Realty - Colleyville, TX
(817)602-0985 Realtor, Grapevine, Colleyville, Sou

Melody, this does not surprise me at all.  You are a very generous, conscientious person.  I am very proud of you! 

Nov 12, 2008 04:02 PM
Teresa Harris
Lake Real Estate, LLC - Denver, NC
Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte

Wow what a story! A bad situation turned into a good situation because of the way you chose to handle it. Way to go!!

Nov 12, 2008 04:28 PM