Tonight found 2 big bins of pretzels, adult diapers, 1 night light for my bedroom, tons of cookies, Ritz crackers and saltines. Now have a good stockpile of snacks. When I retrieve snacks they have to be sealed. If there is a tear or a break, I put them back into the dumpster, can’t risk contamination.
The other night I retrieved a brand new IPod car charger. I don’t have one, so I figured I’d keep it for either a garage sale or to give it to someone.
Today on my job, I had to stop at a local high end hotel. Didn’t have any cash on me. Was there for my job. I thought ruh roh. What do I do now? I was honest with the valet guy. I said I’ve been in out and of work for a while. This is a temporary job, I have to be here to do work, where can I park for free outside of the hotel area. He said park here for free, it’s on me.
I thought how nice. When I got back out I had NO cash to give him as a tip. He didn’t even cop an attitude about it, he was extremely gracious. So I asked him if he had an IPod. He said I do but mine runs out of juice. I said how about a new car charger for it? He said great! I went home and brought it back to him with a huge bag of cookies I had found the night before. I said a big thank you for being so gracious to me today. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated it.
Dumpster diving has it’s plusses. That IPod avoided a landfill, the valet now has one to charge his IPod in his car, I didn’t have to fork out a ton of money to park for just a short while and we’re all happy.
I used to work as a valet. It’s tough work. It’s even tougher when you get stiffed by a customer. That is why I was hell bent on going back there to give that young kid that charger. My word means something. I grew up in the generation you meant what you said and backed up any promises you made or you didn’t make them.