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Act of Kindness Turns into Job for Man Struggling To Find Work After Buying Cup of Coffee

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It is amazing how one small act of kindness can completely change a person’s day or sometimes even their life.

One veteran who was shopping at Walmart, for example, was pleasantly surprised when a young man paid for his groceries.

“Sir, I’m paying for your items because you paid by serving my country and I’m grateful for you,” the younger man said. He quickly scanned his credit card to pay for the items, thanked the older man, and left.

John Moore had a similar interaction at Starbucks a few months ago, but this time had the opportunity to pay the kind act forward.

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He had just ordered a coffee when he discovered that he forgot his wallet.

“Needless to say, I was embarrassed,” Moore wrote on LinkedIn. “As I (sic) telling the cashier that I didn’t have my wallet, a gentleman behind me politely paid for my drink.”

Moore talked with the kind man for a few minutes afterward. The man told Moore that he had “a busy day ahead of him” and that “he was nervous because he had a big interview.”

The man had been laid off from his last job and his family was suffering because of it. “We ended our conversation and went our separate ways.”

Moore was waiting for his first interviewee to show up, when “Mr. Starbucks” came around the corner to be interviewed. The man was obviously surprised as Moore introduced himself as the SVP of Operations.

“Needless to say, I hired him the next day, not because he paid for my coffee, but because he was qualified and he was kind,” Moore said.

Moore posted four things that people could learn from his story.

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“Kind deeds will always be repaid (usually when you need them the most),” he said.

Second, Moore advised people to not be afraid to help strangers “because one day you may BE the stranger.” The SVP of Operations then said that he judges leaders based on how they treat other people. “The small things matter. Therefore, always do the right thing.”

He concluded, “Lastly, you will REAP, what you SOW!” These are all lessons we can benefit from. Is there a way you can help a random stranger today?

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
Graduated with Honors
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
Books Written
Contributor for Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future
Prescott, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English, French
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Health, Entertainment, Faith