Tell Me Something Good – Helping How We Know How
we have arrived at another ‘tell me something good’ friday – that means we survived st. patrick’s day (which is easy to do when you don’t indulge in booze #thanksbaby)! cheers!
today’s story has a few components. we have moved to the downtown area of cute city called littleton, a suburb of denver. there is straight up a main street that is filled with twinkly lights and adorable shops. i like to pretend it’s stars hollow from gilmore girls except we have views of the mountains (but they have a gazebo).
i went to investigate our new post office and ship a fairly large box to someone that ordered a few of our products. as i walked in, i was greeted by 9 other people standing in front of me waiting to get to the counter. i could hear the postal worker speaking loudly and a bit strangely to the current customer but turned to my phone to respond to emails.
then the postal worker started apologizing loudly and said he was diabetic and hadn’t had a break to eat anything since that morning (it was about 3pm). that was insane to me and i felt bad for him. he continued rambling in a strange way and when the customer suggested he take a break, he said he couldn’t because he was the only one there to work the counter.
good thing #1: a woman in line reached into her purse and pulled out some type of energy bar and said it was safe for people with diabetes. how nice was that? the worker was very grateful and took a few small bites while continuing his rambling (obviously, he was starting to have some type of diabetic episode).
people were getting frustrated because it was taking quite some time to move through the line. two people eventually scoffed, rolled their eyes and walked out. a few more customers made it through the line and as one woman was getting her receipt, she said she would go get him a burger if he wanted. he said it was okay, rambled more, and called the next customer.
a manager type (i assume he was a manager because he was wearing a satin blue shirt while everyone else was in their canvas uniforms) came over and whispered something to the worker, which set him off. after the manager left, the postal worker said out loud that the police have been called and he would need to shut down the counter in a few minutes to go with them. obviously, this upset the worker but he kept trying to get us through the line.
good thing #2: about 10 minutes later, the woman who offered to bring him some food came back! there is no mcdonald’s within walking distance (to my knowledge) so that means she left the post office, went to get the food and came back to drop it off for this guy! it was honestly super sweet and i told her i appreciated her kindness as she walked past.
photographic evidence since we all know i can’t resist a photo:
it was unclear whether the police or an ambulance had arrived but just before my turn at the counter, the manager escorted the man having a medical emergency away. i hope he got the help he needed and gets the required breaks he’s supposed to be having!
there were another 6 people in line behind me and the manager came out and told us they’d have to close the lobby because no one else there could access the register – apparently they are short staffed. seemed odd and ridiculous, yes, but sometimes things happen.
two older women were outraged and started yelling at the manager while one demanded free stamps (ha!). with adrenaline coursing through my veins, i calmly said to her “let’s seek to understand the situation. yes, it’s bad they don’t have a back up but there has been a medical emergency.” woo! big deal for an introvert to say anything, folks. that adrenaline carried me all the way back home on my .7 mile walk (with box in hand).
good thing #3: as the manager was announcing that we all needed to leave, one woman in her mid-twenties said, “i’ll take an application if you’re hiring!” the manager laughed and she said she was serious and gave her name and number. i love people who take action!
it was quite an eventful day at my new little post office but it demonstrated to me that there are kind people in the world who are willing to help a stranger in the best way they know how!
okay, let’s hear from you! share something good with me!