Over Thanksgiving break we had one of the most depressing football games that I have been to in a long time. Really? Our kicker has to miss three field goals? Not one, not two, but three? Unacceptable. Anyway, that's all I have to say about the football game, it still irritates me thinking about it.
Since everyone knew this game wasn't going to be all that fantastic to start with and what with it taking place on Black Friday, I knew quite a few people who ended up not going to this game. As a a result several of them gave their tickets to me to do with as I saw fit. And there is our premise, ladies and gentlemen, me with lots of tickets to a football game no one really wants to go to anyway.
I tried selling my tickets to a scalper for ten bucks a piece but he wasn't having it so I moved on. As I was nearing the stadium, I walked past someone I immediately identified as a scalper talking to a late-thirties-ish woman and her eleven-twelve-ish year-old daughter who were attempting to get tickets. All I heard of their conversation were the words "fifty dollars" and that was enough for me to intervene.
Now, the woman was haggling with the man and busy so I approached the daughter and asked if she and her mother were looking for tickets. When she told me yes, they were, I got the mother's attention and told her I had two tickets I didn't need that she could have for free. She, in the process of paying for her tickets, put her money away and took my tickets. And, boom, I have done my good deed for the day.
Or so I thought. Apparently the scalper was not pleased with what I had just done. The moment he realized what was happening to his sale, there issued for a stream of some of the most eloquent (total sarcasm here, wish there was a font for that) profanity I have ever heard, yelling at me that I was a thief among many other things. In short, myself, the woman, and her daughter made a fast exit, as he appeared to be leaning towards hitting something.
Now dude, I understand that you're upset that you lost a sale but come on, this can't be the first time you haven't managed to sell to people you think you can. I realize I lost you a fair bit of money but come on, nobody is going to want to pay such an outlandish price if they don't have to, accept that occasionally you're going to be outdone.
Once again, it's a strange reaction to me. In his place, yes, I would have been upset at the fact that I had lost a potential sale. But on the other hand, I'm not going to fault someone else if they do a good deed, the world needs more of that. Try a little patience in life, a bit more kindness, and I think it'll get you a lot further.