Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 1/12/2011 (2035 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I was on my way to work early in the morning.
I stopped off at the Esso in Stony Mountain to put gas in my car. When the gas jockey was finished pumping, I handed the clerk my debit card to pay. I punched in my pin, and what happened next is about the most embarrassing thing that could happen to a person. My card was declined.
What made this scary for me, was that I knew there was money in my account. There should be no reason for my card to be declined.
The clerk asked if I had any other way to pay. I did not, I only had my debit card with me. I didn’t know what to do. I had gas in my car, and no way to pay.
The gentleman standing behind me in line noticed what was happening. He next did something that was so gracious I could not thank him enough. He offered to pay for my gas. I couldn’t believe my ears. This, a total stranger, offered to pay for my gas. He told me it was no big deal.
I didn’t feel comfortable having a complete stranger do this, but he insisted. I promised I would pay him back and got his card from him so that he could be contacted.
Turns out, it was a glitch in the gas stations machine, as I later went to an ATM, and my card worked just fine.
This gentleman, Lockie McLean, showed a compassion that I wish we would see more of. I have made a promise to myself that I will now go and pay forward this good deed to someone else who is in need of help, in whatever way it may be.
If we kept this chain going, imagine the changes we could make in this world!
— Ashleigh Roslinsky