After our hike on Monday we stopped by a little consignment shop in Townsend to look at some bicycles parked out front. Nothing was quite right, but I did find a charming pie basket that I wanted to take home. It was $10.00. When I got to the register, I realized I only had a few dollars in my wallet. I asked the woman at the counter if she would accept a credit card. She said I could only use a card if I spent more than $20.00. I was disappointed. Without missing a beat she said "Why don't you pay me what you have, and you can owe me the rest?" I was stunned. I guess I wasn't as surprised at the offer, as I was in her faith in the integrity of someone she had never met before. I offered to mail a check for the balance, and she said "Well, since you're going to write a check, why don't you just write it for the whole amount?" And with that, she handed me the basket and told me to have a good day.
It WAS a good day.
I came home, told everyone about my encounter with a woman who still has faith in humanity and popped a check in the mail.
If you happen to be in Townsend and want to browse through a little boutique, I have the perfect recommendation for you: