Shades of Grey: Pay It Forward?

The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey
The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but the thought process they go through to arrive at their decisions.

What Do You Think? Submitted for Discussion & Consideration

You’re in a big box store, in line with about a hundred dollars’ worth of gifts. The man in front of you checks out and packs his bags into his cart. You see him flash you a smile as the cashier begins scanning and bagging your purchases. Then, he leaves without saying a word.

When the total comes up, the cashier holds up a handful of twenty dollar bill, and tells you that the man in front gave her $100 to pay for your gifts. You stand there in shock while she completes your purchase and hands you $5 change.

Do you think you would feel uncomfortable or lucky? Would you “pass it on” and pay-it-forward for part of the next person’s purchases? If so, would you pay the same amount the man paid for you, pay more, or pay less?

Finally, would you hand the $5 change back to the cashier?



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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.