Instant Dollar Store Karma

@TheHorse (65904)
Pleasant Hill, California
November 4, 2015 5:54pm CST
The lady in front of me at the Dollar Store had kind of "taken cuts" on me, but I didn't mind. When she was trying to pay for her ten or so items, I noticed her Eastern European accent, and that fact that she was 7 cents short and a bit confused. The checker looked impatient. I reached into my pocket and pulled out a dime, which I placed on the counter. The lady with the accent smiled warmly, said "Thank you," and the transaction was completed. My main purchase was a plunger, which I'm using to try and remove a minor dent from my truck's hood (it's an experiment--I'm trying to be like Dent Pro). But I bought some shampoo to make my hair fluffy, and some other products, including some health food in the form of Boston Baked Bean Candies. As I was leaving, feeling pretty good about myself for having helped the flustered Eastern European lady, I heard a chorus of voices saying "Sir!" and "Mister!" and "Hey!" I had forgotten to pick my my plunger, my original reason for stopping there! Everybody laughed as I retrieved it, and someone said "Probably the only thing you came here for!" to which I responded, "You are so right!" Yep, what goes around comes around, sometimes in less than 30 seconds.
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@Tampa_girl7 (25715)
• United States
5 Nov 15
Good luck getting that dent out.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
I just YouTubed something about alternating heat and cold. My plunger method reduced it, but it's not totally gone. I may try some hot water, like I do with my speakers. I'd like to understand the physics involved!
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Nov 15
@TheHorse ...warm water would help to expand it.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
@celticeagle I tossed some hot water on it last night and did a few pulls. I may have to do a post about it!
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• United States
5 Nov 15
That was nice of you, but careful, another saying is equally true. No good deed goes unpunished. I like yours better.
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• United States
5 Nov 15
@TheHorse She was The Peter Principle personified. So sad when this sort of thing happens.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
@ElizabethWallace It's impossible not to be frustrated when you work with an individual like that.
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• United States
5 Nov 15
@TheHorse True and far too common in my opinion.
@DeborahDiane (21675)
• Laguna Woods, California
5 Nov 15
I do things like that all the time ... forget the main reason to go to a store!
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
I think I had my dish soap, tea, and shampoo in hand before I remembered the plunger.
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@sharon6345 (126000)
• United States
5 Nov 15
I just love boston baked beans. I can eat more and more then I should be eating. I buy about three boxes when I hit the dollar tree.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
I've been good. Nibbling. Bought one big box. Still working on it.
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@sallypup (27123)
• Moses Lake, Washington
5 Nov 15
This would make a wonderful short story. I love your health food. I almost picked up a bag of those tasties the last time I was at the dollar store.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
The ones at the Dollar Store are (almost) always stale. But I don't think that reduces their nutritional value. And they sure are good with coffee!
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
@sallypup You made me laugh out loud! When a dog walks away from a treat, you know it's not very good. I won't buy food at the Dollar Store beyond my Boston Baked Beans and 42 oz bottles of Arizona Green Tea.
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@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
5 Nov 15
That was nice of you, and so glad that it came back to you so quickly.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
I live in California, and sometimes long for my Midwestern days, when helping others out was automatic. So I do my best to be a Midwesterner even here. It does spread around a bit.
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@allknowing (65211)
• India
5 Nov 15
One good turn deserves another and that too so many rallying round you!
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
They were nice. It was a fun moment.
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@allknowing (65211)
• India
5 Nov 15
@TheHorse And also a moment to walk with the head held high. You helped someone in need
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
@allknowing And I think my kindness spread to those around me. They were enthusiastic about helping me when I almost forgot my precious plunger. Sometimes we forget that both kindness and grumpiness spread to those around us.
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@marlina (73884)
• Canada
28 Sep 16
It sure did come around pretty fast.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
28 Sep 16
I enjoy ittle moments like that, when people come out of their shells and are nice to each other.
@jstory07 (67171)
• Roseburg, Oregon
5 Nov 15
Sometimes I go to the store for one thing and I come home without that one thing.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
Funny how we get distracted. My original plan was something like "plunger and maybe some other stuff."
@salonga (28016)
• Philippines
5 Nov 15
Now I believe all the more that saying"What comes around, goes around"... I will always remember that.
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@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
There is truth to that statement in many ways. Mostly, it just feels good to "do the right thing."
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@LadyDuck (157737)
• Switzerland
5 Nov 15
Let me know if the plunger works to remove the small dent. I would like to try the same, but I would not like to be killed by the "man".
@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
Wait--who is "the man"? Here, that would be cops. Zeno's paradox is getting me--I'll have to post about it.
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@LadyDuck (157737)
• Switzerland
5 Nov 15
@TheHorse The "man" is my husband, he does not like to see me around his stuff, like cars or his personal computer. But when needed, I open his computer and clean it.
@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
@LadyDuck Does he know when you clean his computer?
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
5 Nov 15
Well, hope the plunger helps. Karma is a good one to keep a handle on.
@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
Heh.The handle has stayed on so far. The dent is reduced but not totally gone.
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
6 Nov 15
@TheHorse ....With some good shading effects in painting I bet you could totally eliminate the dent completely. LOL
@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
6 Nov 15
@celticeagle Oh dear. I'd need one of those sidewalk artists to helpme.
@Freelanzer (8969)
• Canada
5 Nov 15
You were so giddy with the joy of giving that you forgot your plunger. All's well that ends well.
@TheHorse (65904)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Nov 15
I think you may be right! I was also being frugal and not buying a 10 cent bag, so I was busy stuffing my sweatshirt pockets with Boston Baked Beans, a 4-pack of Wrigley's Spearmint gum, etc, while figuring out how to carry my dish soap and other essentials with two hands. The reason I went there got forgotten for a moment.
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@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
26 Jul 16
I just came across this post upon seeing it on the 'You Might Also Like" list next to my own instant karma post... I had a similar situation except mine came back with a vengeance...