Thanks to a wonderful reader, I just bought a new pair of pants to wear to the job interview. Of course the clerk tried to sell me more stuff, but I told her I was unemployed, my checks ran out and someone had given me the money to buy an outfit for my job interview.

“You ran out?” she said, frowning. “I thought they just voted for an extension. Because I’m on partial unemployment and I don’t know what I would do if that ran out. Thank God I’m married and my husband hasn’t been laid off.”

I explained to her that no, there weren’t any additional benefits, just a filing deadline extension.

“That’s crazy. It’s not like there’s any good jobs you can get,” she said.

When she rang me up, she told me, “I just gave you a $25 coupon. Good luck on your job interview and God bless you.”

Wasn’t that nice?

10 thoughts on “Kindness

  1. I was talking to a friend on Monday and he was surprised when I told him that I’d run out my benefits. He too asked “didn’t they pass an extension?” He was shocked when I told him about the tier system.

    It was nice of the clerk to give you a coupon.

    Good luck tomorrow.

  2. I’ve done everything I can think of to make this known to Democratic staffers and media types. They’ve just ignored me. After all, if it really was a problem, they would have already known about it!

  3. I’ve ran into more businesses that gave me a discount after telling them I was unemployed. It makes you feel so good – that people do care.
    Did you find a good outfit?? PICTURE! (just joking)
    Good luck tomorrow, I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!
    Also, just curious, how many interviews have you had in 2 years?
    Personally, I’ve had 3…..

  4. Just wishing you good luck. I don’t know why reading about kind acts chokes me up, I know people are kind … but somehow kicks don’t surprise me and kindness does.

  5. Wow. Good luck. I hope you’re new outfit gives you some confidence and optimism.
    Don’t mean to project…but….well, I hope you know what I mean.

  6. Wow! It’s great to see acts of kindness still exist in the world.

    Good luck on the interview.

  7. Fingers crossed for you, and blessings on the sales clerk who understands that we’re all in this together.

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