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Random Act of Kindness 3: The Price of Petrol

March 24, 2011

Realised I haven’t done one of these for quite a while but a friend of mine confessed (in a very bashful, awkward way when it randomly came up as a topic in conversation) to having done this recently:

Picture the scene, you’ve had a hard day at work, you’re stressed, you’re tired, and then to top it all off your car’s running low on petrol. Anyone who knows how expensive petrol in the UK is these days will know that filling up with petrol is a truly torturous experience. You pull into the petrol station, maybe you have to queue, maybe you get honked for not queuing properly; it just seems to be one of those days. You undo your seatbelt, get out of the car, take the pump out of the stand and start to fill your car, all the while watching as the money on the little screen keeps spinning up and up and up. You fill the car and look at the price in resigned disbelief, depressed you head over to pay. There’s a queue to pay (there always seems to be in petrol stations for some reason) and someone at the front of the queue takes an unreasonable amount of time deciding between flavours of chewing gum and you start to fantasise about smashing their head through the glass screen. Finally you make it to the front of the queue, tired, angry, completely fed up, and you pull out your credit card (already overdrawn by the way) and go to pay when the guy behind the till says

“Excuse me, sorry, you don’t need to pay. That guy’s already paid for you.”

And he points across the forecourt at a guy in suit walking quietly back to his car. You stand there a little dumbfounded and watch as the man in the suit gets into his car and drives innocuously away.

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