Arrogant Rich Man Berates Single Mom Who Couldn’t Afford Her Little Boy’s Birthday Cake

I was a single mom for many years and besides the juggling that I had to do just to make our lives work, I usually had to be creative with my budget as well. As much as I’d have loved to do home-baked goodies for every special occasion, sometimes there just wasn’t time and I’d have to resort to buying something from the store. It was always a constant battle: which do I have more of, time or money? Unfortunately, most single parents don’t have enough of either one of those things. There’s a story below that’s been making the rounds on email and social media, and we can’t verify if it really happened or not, but it was too good to not pass on. Now that I’m in a better place and my children are grown, I’m going to make it a point to discreetly do something like this when I have the opportunity to do so. I’d naturally jump in to put the jerk in his place, but if you can pay it forward sometime with some money, that’s a good thing to do. Enjoy this story, and I hope it inspires you as it did me.

(I’m in line to pay. Customer #1 in front of me is about in his 4os, and very well-dressed in a suit and tie. Customer #2 in front of him seems to be a single mother with her child. I’m pretty shabbily dressed (day off); wearing only faded jeans, an old, novelty Star Wars shirt, and have my long hair almost covering my eyes.)

Customer #1: “Lady, can you hurry up! Some people are important and actually have places to be!”

(Customer #2 is fumbling with her money. In her cart, she only has basic groceries and what appears to be a birthday cake for her child. She mumbles something about not having enough money and decides to leave the cake behind.)

Customer #1: “Don’t waste everyone’s time if you can’t even pay for your s***! Or maybe you need another government handout that comes from my taxes?!”

(At this point, I feel like I’ve got to step in.)

Me: “Hey man, that’s enough!”

Customer #1: “Who do you think you are? I’ll have you know I’m the [high profile position] at [large shipping company], and no one ever talks to me like that.”

(Suddenly, I become much more respectful.)

Me: “I’m so sorry, sir. I had no idea you were so important. Would you mind if I asked you for your business card?”

(Customer #1 smugly hands me his card. I see he is, indeed, who he says he is.)

Me: “And here’s my business card.”

Customer #1: “Why the h*** would I want your…”

(Customer #1 suddenly goes pale, as he notices that I am co-owner of [large shipping company].)

Me: “Now that I know your name, I’ll be sure to phone your supervisor to ensure you’re put on probation. One more act like this and you’re fired.”

(Customer #1 stammers for a bit, before practically running from the store. I end up paying for the mother’s cake, and even gave them a bit extra to buy the kid any toy from the store.)

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