Happy Ending

by Joy Donovan on February 12, 2012

Here’s a good story. With a happy ending.

So, it starts out a little bad. I get an alert that a charge I don’t recognize has been made on my debit card. Hmmmm. Next thing I know the bank has canceled my debit card, ordered me a new one and checks are my new (old) mode of payment all over town.

Next day I make a stop at Eatzi’s, a place I love but don’t get to as often as I’d like. Not only did I buy myself a tasty lunch, but I loaded up a basket with the makings for dinner, a few fun cheese spreads and this sun-dried tomato bread I’m addicted to. I plop my basket down in line and proceed to write my check, and that’s when the cashier says it.

“We don’t take checks.”

What?!? This is a glorified grocery store. What grocery store doesn’t take checks? I’m starting to dig through my wallet to see how much cash I have when behind me I hear a voice.

“I’ll take care of it,” says the dashing young man in the well-cut suit and dapper purple tie.

I’m astonished for the second time in 10 seconds. A stranger, one I had never even seen behind me in line, offers to pay for my groceries.

I turn. I stutter. I shut my wide-opened mouth. You see, I’m not used to this kind of chivalry  in the big city where horns honk too quickly and people push ahead in line and you have to read the fine print.

So after he pays for my groceries with a debonair swipe of his debit card and I write him a personal check, we exchange information.

His name is Brendon Marks, and he’s a financial planner with Hodges Capital Management in Dallas. He’s a California transplant who graduated from Southern Methodist University. His mama done raised him right, as we say in the south. You should do business with him because he’s a really good guy.

I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.

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