a lesson on kindness and problem-solving.

Trivia question: What do the Ferris Wheel and Seattle's Space Needle have in common?

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Currently on my third day of vacation in Seattle (and soon to be in Vancouver). And while I’ve seen and done a lot of cool things, one of the most memorable took place in a Tully’s Cafe on South First Street.

A homeless gentleman stopped in and inquired about using the restroom. The folks behind the counter said they could only allow customers to use the restroom, noting if he could buy just something, anything, their least expensive item was $1.65 for a soda. The employees seemed sympathetic but afraid of violating the policy.

The homeless gentleman gave a downcast look, as if not even having that much on him. But one of the customers said: Can I buy him something? Would that make him a customer? The employees said that would work, and she bought him a soda.

The guy behind the counter then gave the homeless man the key to the restroom. And, in what I found kind of neat, the worker even thanked the customer for the ingenious and generous bit of problem-solving.

One lesson is that the world is indeed full of good people. And that there’s often a way to solve a challenge if you think creatively enough. I didn’t need to travel across the country to know that, but I’m thankful for the reminder.

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  1. eff

    That’s a good, old-fashioned, Xanga-style blog entry. Two “eProps.”

    Mr. Soda made a stranger feel good, and in return, Mr. Soda, himself, felt good.

    That’s a lot of feeling good for just a buck sixty-five.

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