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Posted: November 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 3, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Last week as I arrived at the entrance to Del Taco’s drive-through lane, a gentleman was entering off Bouquet Canyon Road at Valencia Blvd. at the same moment.

He waved me through to “go first.” I smiled and waved him through to go first, because he was coming off a busy street and was in a precarious position with traffic racing up behind him. I was not.

Just common courtesy, I thought.

Arriving at the food pick up window, I offered my money to pay for the food I had ordered.

“The gentleman ahead of you just paid for your meal,” said Leslie, the Del Taco employee. The same man I motioned to go ahead of me.

I had no idea who the man was. But, I want to thank him. To repay his kindness, I decided to “pay it forward” by paying for the meal of the young man idling behind me.

Poor guy. Had he known I was going to buy his food he might have ordered more than $1.93 worth of food. Leslie later told me the young man asked if there were any customers behind him.

I also want to recognize the Del Taco employee. She could have pocketed the money and none of us would have been the wiser.

But Leslie greeted each of us with a smile while informing us that our meal had been paid for by the driver in front of us. Even she seemed surprised that strangers were buying each other’s meals.

Those were small good deeds on that day – but deeds that made at least four of us smile.



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