Are you sure I don't have enough money?'

India
May 15, 2010 1:12pm CST
I was walking around in a store making shopping, when I saw a Cashier talking to a boy couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 years old.. The Cashier said, 'I'm sorry, but you don't have enough money to buy this doll. Then the little boy turned to me and asked: ''Uncle, are you sure I don't have enough money?'' Here is the board on which you have written that “Your little contribution in the bill amount can help a child to grow and become successful in his life”. Can you get some money for me, I know it’s for the education but for me this doll is more important as of now to present to my little sister. I was listening all this conversation and finally heard that cashier refused to contribute from the donation fund or his own. It was not a big amount for the doll but a lot of happiness can be spread, I presented the doll to the boy and he went out. If I could have been the cashier at the store, I could have given the doll to the boy either from the donation fund if possible or my own. What could have been your action?
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8 responses
@sachii315 (489)
• Japan
16 May 10
Hi AjaySinghBaghel! I think different cultures have different view regarding this situation. Well, if this happens in my country, most kids were taught never to accept anything from a total stranger. So ever if the kid likes the doll so much, he will never accept it if it comes from a stranger. Though in the other hand some kids might be very thankful receiving the doll. If I was in the situation, it will be always nice to offer a doll to the kid, if he accepts it, its good but when he refuses, I can't insist. Happy mylotting!
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• India
16 May 10
even in my country this is not so easy to accept gift from any stranger but that boy was so firm about gifting the doll to his sister and I do not see any problem in that. If something can make anybody happy and not causing you problems, its ok. Thanks for the response.
@warvial (1154)
• Singapore
16 May 10
It's really kind of you. If placed in your situation, I won't mind buying the doll but I would request that the boy allows me to personally give it to his sister to ensure that my kind act is not taken for granted. There are just way too many scamming acts that I have seen happening around me and even big charity organization is actually using the donations inappropriately that means me find it hard to trust anyone.
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• India
16 May 10
That is so sweet of you. Definitely giving that doll to his sister directly would have been a great pleasure but in this case the boy would not be satisfied of gifting a doll to his sister. I also doubt that these donation money is spent for good real cause. May be that is just another way of filling their bank account without investmenting anything. Thanks for the response.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
16 May 10
I'd have done what you did. You also have to think that maybe the cashier didn't have any extra money to do such a king thing. With the economy being the way it is, more and more people are struggling just to get by. The way I look at it if I am able to do something to help someone then maybe sometime they will do the same for someone else.
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• India
16 May 10
I think that Cashier not having extra money is very unlike situation, lot many people were going out after paying their bills. True - what you do with others itc comes back to you. Thanks for the response.
@babshish (1390)
• India
15 May 10
Hi Ajay so nice of you for doing such a good deed, sometimes doing such thing without expecting gives the satisfaction to heart. I would have also done the same thing if I was in your place. But if cashier didn't do that , I guess because he has some responsibility which must not have permitted him to do this noble gesture, as he was doing his job at that time. The sign on the board was for customer and not for the cashiers, so you did your part of donation in other way round. Really very happy to hear this and keep up the good work. I am sure you will also be rewarded sooner or later for your noble gesture.
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• India
15 May 10
Good to hear that you could have helped the boy. I believe in doing good to others and that will come back to me for sure. Thanks for the response.
@Outcast (633)
• United States
15 May 10
I would have given the boy the money only because it reminds me of the story The Christmas Shoes. I bet the little boy will always remeber the actins of a stranger and it will be in his heart forever.
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• India
15 May 10
That is what I expected from all good people like you. Thanks for the response.
• United States
15 May 10
How do you know she had money to add to the boys funding for the doll. If I were the cashier I would wait to see if he had enough money from his uncle. If I were a customer I may have helped him with a buck or two. But you have to be careful with this. Kids should be told not to take things or money from strangers. I would freak out if my daughter came home with a doll a stranger bought I would toss it and be nervous they were up to something.
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• India
15 May 10
Being a customer listening all the conversation I did help the boy but as a cashier I would be same man and definitely I would help the boy. Thanks for the response.
@jamed28 (1909)
• Philippines
16 May 10
It is this for real? Is the boy really 5 to 6 years old? Anyway, real or not, I won't give the boy doll even for free or even get the many anywhere. What is written in the board is good, but the boy is male and he wants a doll? And also, you are just encouraging the young boy to ask money on people that he don't know. for me that is wrong.
• India
16 May 10
No not at all this is not any kind of encouragement to the bot for asking money. This was just for her sister do not get anything out of it. Thanks for the response.
@singlemommy (2953)
• United States
16 May 10
I think it would depend on my situation on that day. There are days when I would have had the extra money to help out. But if I had been able to help then I'm sure I would have. There have been many times when I have been behind kids in checkout lines and they didn't have enough money, sometimes a few cents short and sometimes a couple dollars short and I gave them the money they needed to finish paying for what they have had. I have also had people do it for me too and I really appreciated it.
• India
16 May 10
I can understand that you are a very helping natur eperson and appreciate your thoughts. Thanks for the response.