Karma, baby……

…so we’re in Houma Friday afternoon, making some deliveries and doing a couple of demos. We’ve got about 40 minutes between demos, so we stop into this little cafe to get something small and quick to eat. I always try to patronize the locally-owned joints when I can.
We decide to split a club sammich and some fries, each of us getting some iced tea. I’m figuring the bill will be a little less than $10.
There’s just one old lady doing both the waitressing and the kitchen, so the food’s a little slow to arrive. She apologizes for the wait, sets the food down in front of us and says, “Your meal’s already paid for.”
I figure she’s trying to make it up for us because the food was slow coming out. But as I start to say it’s okay, she says, “That man who just left the counter paid for it.”


I’m with Kim and she’s pretty and all. But it’s obvious she’s with me and this guy’s already left. So we eat our food and kinda wonder what’s going on.

As we’re leaving, I ask this old lady who paid for the food and why. She starts rambling on (from the kitchen, so it’s hard to understand all of it) about the guy at the counter and he just thought it was good to do nice things for people because maybe they’ll pass it on or something. Okay. Whatever. We thank her and we leave.

…so this morning we’re in Baton Rouge, leaving a Jack-in-the-Box after breakfast. This beat-up looking guy stops us in the parking lot and asks for any cash we’ve got to help him get something to eat. It’s obvious he’s not a pro at this. You can bet I gave him all the cash I had left, though it was only some change.

Thanks for the dinner, mystery dude. I did what I could to pass it along.

10 Comments so far

  1. sacclay (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 1:48 pm

    didn’t Kevin Spacey and the little “i see dead people” kid already make this movie?

  2. Craig (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 2:16 pm

    That was the weird thing about it.

  3. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 3:23 pm

    That was Pay It Forward That was not on quite the same level but nice none the less.

  4. Craig (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 4:26 pm

    Yeah. Kim started talking about this at the time. I was unfamiliar.

    I’m not much of a movie person.

  5. Tyler (unregistered) on July 24th, 2005 @ 8:39 pm

    Let me get this straight. Someone paid for your entire meal. And that of your companion. And then you gave a homeless person some change.

    I don’t even know where to begin.

  6. Craig (unregistered) on July 25th, 2005 @ 7:29 am

    Our meal was less than $10. The change was the only cash I had on me. I’d have gladly bought his entire meal if we’d had the cash. This guy spcifically asked me for “a quarter or whatever” to add to what he had to “buy a Jumbo Jack” (which is only a dollar to begin with).

    What I had got him over the hump at the time.

  7. Kristen GieAWESOMEsecke (unregistered) on July 25th, 2005 @ 9:06 am

    wtf? c&p from your msn? yanno what i call that? laziness. pure laziness.


  8. Craig (unregistered) on July 25th, 2005 @ 12:57 pm

    Actually, I wrote it for MetroBlog and then c&p onto the MSN site. MSN is where I’m a lazyass.

  9. Aaron (unregistered) on July 25th, 2005 @ 7:23 pm

    The jack in the box on Highland right off of State St next to the LSU campus? I know that guy, he owns a house – he’s been professionally begging for 6 years and he parks his car three blocks away off of Highland. He’s good because he plays like he’s not familiar with begging. Try the Karma on someone else who isn’t trying to scam you.

  10. Craig (unregistered) on July 25th, 2005 @ 9:11 pm

    Nope. This was up on Government.

    Y’know — I know there are those out to scam folks. Maybe this was one of them. I don’t ask for a resume.

    It irks me that, to some folks, if I help, I’m a sucker and if I don’t, I’m a dick.

    I do what’s right at the time. And I sleep well at night because I look forward instead of backward.

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