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Overheard at next table...."Sorry, your card has been decined..."

I was out at lunch at a local favorite lunch spot, and overheard a very young couple obviously on a first date in the booth behind me.

The server came over after he paid with his debit card, and said "sorry sir, your card has been declined... do you have another card you want to use... or cash?" He turned beet red, and fumbled in his wallet, and mumbled " I thought I had $17 dollars in that account..." His date fumbled though her purse, and they were pulling out ones and some change..

I got up, and walked over the the manager and told him I wanted the bill on my tab, and to tell the young couple that they are all set, and to go about enjoying the date, I asked her nicely to please say it was a card read error, as not to humiliate that boy on a first date, but to let him know discreetly he should check his balance before a date.

As a bartender I see lots of declined cards.. mostly from deadbeats,(Oh I hated that... my manager always took it out on us the next day, plus we got stiffed on tips.. UGH) but you could tell this was a good kid just trying like heck to bring a date out.

I was wondering if it was just because I know what its like to have less than $18 in the bank, or because I think everyone should have a good first date, but how many others would be sneaky like me and do this random act. I would be willing to bet VERY high with this group!

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  1. I honestly can't say how I would have reacted in your position, but you did a good deed...very nice of you.

    1. you did a nice thing, and i would have done the same. i'm sure this kid was mortified by the experience and extremely grateful to you.

      i've done similar things in the past. i may not be "rolling" in dough at the moment, but i'm still much more fortunate than many of the people around me, and i'm faced with constant reminders of that fact. twice in the past year i've been in line at the grocery store behind someone who didn't have enough money to cover their final total so i offered to pay the difference. both people accepted extremely humbly and gracefully, and both asked for my contact information so they could repay me, but i declined. i believe it all comes back around.

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        1. Hooray for you. Good on! It's truly fun to be able to do something like that. Here's hoping the guy passes it on when he has a chance. It's best when it's contagious. '-)

          1. Not me. I think kids need to grow up and take some responsibility for their actions, your good deed probably reinforced their view of the world.

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            1. re: hsk

              or perhaps allowed the kids to see there can be kindness in the world.

              1. re: hsk

                Are you standing in for The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?