Posts Tagged ‘doing the right thing’

A Townful of Honest Customers Is Made of Happy

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

Shopkeeper Tom Algie faced a dilemma over Christmas  -  how to give himself and his three staff time off but without letting down his customers.

So he came up with a solution to suit everyone: leaving the hardware store open with an honesty box.

He left a note telling shoppers who came in on Boxing Day to serve themselves and then leave their payment in the box he had rigged up. Perhaps astonishingly, his plan worked.

via Shopkeeper leaves deserted store open on Boxing Day with an honesty box – and doesn’t lose a penny | Mail Online.

Neat! Another thing that restores my faith in humanity. He made  £187.66 and two euros on the day that he left his store unlocked with a note to pay in the box. Wow.

Thanks, awesome people of Settle! You guys are totally made of happy. 🙂

Doing the Right Thing without Asking for Credit Is Made of Happy

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

People often want to be acknowledged for “doing the right thing” and it’s a fairly natural thing. What’s even better than doing the right thing is doing for the sake of doing it, with no regard to public credit. 

Shawn Crawford, Source: LA Times

Shawn Crawford, Source: LA Times

It never has been easy to know what to make of Shawn Crawford.

The guy got a reputation as a flake by racing against a giraffe and a zebra on a reality TV show. (He beat the giraffe, then lost to the zebra, but demanded another shot because the zebra had false-started. Crawford lost the rematch as well).

I totally remember seeing that on TV! It was called Man vs. Beast. Hee.

Or you can give him the prize a rival thinks Crawford deserves after one of the best gestures of sportsmanship I ever have heard about.

It is summed up on the home page of Churandy Martina’s website, In the lower right hand corner, Martina says: “I truly hope Crawf gets the international Fairplay award for this!”

He was talking about Crawford’s decision to give Martina, who is from the Netherlands Antilles, the Olympic silver medal the U.S. runner had won after a bizarre series of events in the 200-meter final at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Crawford can’t talk about this, said his agent, Kimberly Holland, because the race results are under appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which this week postponed a hearing on the matter to Jan. 15.

But Martina noted on the web site, “Yes!! It is true, Shawn gave me my Olympic medal back.’’ The site also has a picture of Martina wearing the medal.

Given that string for an Olympic medal is something you build your life around, I think it’s incredible that he gave back the medal. He gave it to the other person without waiting for an official judgment from the board, and he gave it without any fanfare. The only reason this news got notice is because the recipient posted about it.

Plus, this from earlier in the article just takes it over the top:

He ran in a Phantom of the Opera mask at an international meet in Italy. (The mask slipped, covered his eyes and led to his disqualification for running out of his lane).

Hee. Thanks for being so awesome, Shawn Crawford! 

Via How Shawn Crawford won much more than a medal — Los Angeles Times.

Update: What the heck, here is the Man Versus Beast clip:


Doing the Right Thing: Woman Returns $97K Found In Restaurant Bathroom

Friday, December 12th, 2008
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That’s the end of the story. She found the money, she contacted the restaurant to see if anyone called in to say they were missing something, then met up with the woman when she verified the contents of the folder.

Which was full of thousand dollar bills. WOW. Kudos to her for returning the money. You know the person who lost it must have been frantic.

Via USA Today.