I was at my local butcher the other day. As you can imagine, coming up to Christmas, it was very, very busy. I was waiting in line for my turn when a man came out from behind and stepped in front of me. I figured that he was in a hurry, so let it go but could feel the tension that this man was exhibiting. The lady behind me told me that I just shouldn’t let him cut in line like that. I just shook my head. It was not worth it.

Next to the man was a lovely elderly woman. She was local and I have seen her around before and she always, always had a friendly smile for everyone she has ever met. The butcher had added up her order and she was short 90 cents and she was trying to figure out which cut of meat she should return. I pulled out a dollar and gave it to her, at the same time that a few other people in the store attempted to give her money…

She accepted graciously and attempted to hand back the donated money to their original owners but we all shook our heads and said please keep it. With tears in her eyes, she thanked each and every one of us in the store and then turned to the man beside her, who cut in line in front of me. She said in a quiet but firm voice -:

“When I saw you step in front of all these people so rudely, I wondered where all the human kindness, decency and just plain compassion had gone? Well, I found it right here. Right behind you, young man. Shame on you.”

The man turned bright red and instead of ordering, he turned and made a quick exit.

Merry Christmas. xox

Posted by chezj, 29th November 2013

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  • I see more decency than bad behaviour.


  • I’m glad she said something and that he was embarrassed as her should have been. I don’t understand how people can be so rude.


  • Ha ha ha, good for her for speaking up. So nice to see all you people step up to help her out. Such a small token but so appreciated by the elderly woman. Restores my faith in the human race….a little bit at least


  • great story


  • That put him in his place!


  • That is the best come back I’ve heard in a long time and what a wonderful bunch of decency and kindness in your butcher shop, with the exception of the rude person who pushed in.


  • Hooray for the quiet dignity of human compassion! I hope that this is the start of a new revolution.


  • Great story! Glad to see that rudeness isn’t ignored and that kindness still prevails.


  • Good on you Chezj. I agree sometimes it is not worth my breathe to say anything. Well, at least he was embarrassed.
    I once made my opinion known and the man just looked at me and continued waiting in front of me. Guess what? The shop owner noticed and told him off, started serving me and as I was leaving started serving the lady behind me! He’s definitely going to lose that customer and yet now has a loyal customer in me (:


  • What goes around comes around. Good on her & I believe the majority of people are good however, very few seem to display it nowadays. It would have made you feel good & yes, shame on him, he should feel ashamed.


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