A True Story

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Last week my wife and I went into our favorite independent bookstore, Books on the Square, in Providence.   We found our book quickly and went to the counter to pay for it.

There was a little girl, probably about 8 years old, standing there with her desired purchase in her hand.  She handed it to the friendly clerk and he rang it up.

“That book will cost you just $6.49,” he said.

Her face froze and her eyes became like deer in a headlight.

“I only have six dollars,” she said in a soft, frightened voice.

“Oh, wait a minute,” the clerk said.  “I made a mistake.  You see, we have a policy here that college students get a 10% discount.   I can tell from looking at you that you plan on going to college.  Am I right?  Do you plan to go to college some day?”

The little girl nodded her head and quietly said, “Yes.”

“Oh, that’s great.   Because since you plan to be a college student some day, you are eligible for the 10% discount.  That means that your book will only cost you $5.40.  Well, look at that!  You even get some change back.”

She handed him the $6.00 and he handed her back sixty cents.  She beamed.

With her book secured in a bag and a bookstore bookmark she almost skipped out of the bookstore.

My wife and I were so impressed with the clerk.   He not only sold a book…he inspired a little girl who won’t forget that incident.

Neither will we.  Impressive.

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Photo Credit- Traditional Books

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