Good People Doing Good Things — Three Nice Guys

I want to begin today’s ‘good people’ post with an update to a previous post.  Many of you many not have yet discovered Filosofa’s Word back in June 2017 when I wrote about Dan Price, the CEO of Gravity Payments, a credit card processing company in Seattle, Washington.  What Mr. Price did back then was to slash his own salary from $1.1 million to $77,000 in order to pay every one of his employees a minimum of $70,000.  He came into much criticism at the time, and many said it would never work … but it did! I was thrilled to see Fox Business have to eat their words, after they labeled him the “lunatic of all lunatics,” and Rush Limbaugh declared, “I hope this company is a case study in M.B.A. programs on how socialism does not work, because it’s going to fail.”

Dan-Price.jpgThis week, Dan Price is back in the news.  Gravity Payments succeeded so well that its income has more than doubled in the four years since Mr. Price initially boosted his staff’s salaries.  Some time ago, he acquired another company, ChargeItPro in Boise, Idaho.  This week was the ribbon-cutting ceremony, as the employees of that branch moved into a brand-new office, and Mr. Price, who flew in for the ceremony, announced that they, too, would be given raises bringing their minimum salary to $70,000 by 2024.  They will get an immediate $10,000 increase, and incremental raises until they reach the $70,000 mark.

For the second time, I give Mr. Dan Price two thumbs up for caring more about people than about lining his own pockets.  See … capitalism could work if every company owner had the heart of Mr. Price!

Jerry Martin drives a school bus for Copperas Cove Independent School District in Texas.  Last week, he went above and beyond the call of duty after noticing that at one of the stops where he picked up children, the weeds and grass had grown quite high.  Turns out, the house on the property is currently vacant and nobody has been keeping up with the yard.Jerry-MartinMr. Martin worried about the kids standing in the tall weeds, so the next day, he took his own mower and … yep, you guessed it … he cut the grass!  A little thing, for sure, but how many people would have done that?

David Vance is a customer assistant at Lidl supermarket’s Connswater branch in east Belfast, Northern Ireland (UK).  Last Tuesday, a cashier called him over because his customer, an elderly gentleman, was having trouble paying for his groceries.  His card was repeatedly declined, and the man didn’t seem to understand.

After a quick assessment and trying the card once again, David Vance did the nicest thing … he pulled out his own wallet, gave the cashier enough money to cover the man’s groceries, and said to the cashier …

“That’s fine, put that through.”

Just like that.  The man, not really understanding what happened and apparently assuming that he had just paid for his own groceries, took his purchases and left the store.  David Vance went back to work, the cashier took the next customer, and life went on.

Except that a customer in line behind the elderly man had noticed, and she, Karen Gibney, posted this on Lidl’s Facebook page …

“Today I watched one of your till staff pay for an elderly man’s shopping from his own wallet. I don’t think the man was aware that his card kept declining and didn’t seem to understand that the staff member had paid for it as he didn’t say thank you, he just walked on with not a word.

But I saw it. I saw him discreetly pay and sat back down at his till like it never happened. I wanted to let you know that this is one of the kindest acts I’ve seen from a staff member ever.

It was in your Connswater branch just after 9am. It would be nice for him to hear a thank you that he didn’t get from the customer he helped.”

David was a bit surprised when told by the store’s management of the Facebook post …


“Last week I didn’t think I did anything out of the ordinary, I just noticed one of our regular customers needed a hand. I was a bit taken aback to hear about the Facebook post and the traction it got – I don’t even have Facebook myself!”

Lidl has recognized David’s actions by making him “Customer Service Champion” for the month of October.  See, folks, this is what good people are like … they don’t think twice, they don’t expect a reward … they just help people because it’s who they are.

It’s a shorter-than-usual ‘good people’ post today, not because I ran out of good people … nothing could be further from the truth … but because I ran out of energy.  Still, I hope these three people inspired you, helped you to remember that the people we see everyday on the news are not the only kind out there, but that they are counter-balanced by the good people, quietly going about their business, not asking for recognition or reward.

36 thoughts on “Good People Doing Good Things — Three Nice Guys

  1. Well done Dave and Well done Jerry. What thoroughly wonderful examples of kindness, and good neighbourliness. These are the sort of folk we need more other, we should have samples of their DNA to splice onto later generations.
    As for you Limbaugh you get the big 🖕🖕

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  2. Dan Price is the sort of employer that every employee dreams about having and few find. It is so nice to know that his “experiment” met with great success. The other two Good People are those everyday people that do what comes naturally to them, offering kindness! “As small as it may seem, a good deed is always worth the doing.” – Sparky Matsunaga. Thank-you!

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    • Indeed he is. If I had a business, I hope I would be that kind of employer. I don’t, and never will, own a business though, for a) I haven’t enough money to start one, and b) I’m too old and tired to want the headaches. But yes, Dan is the beacon of hope, and I am so glad he proved Limbaugh wrong!


  3. “they just help people because it’s who they are” — as opposed to Donald Trump and Company, who just HURT PEOPLE because it’s who they are. Thank heaven for those “three nice guys” who stand for everything that Trump is trying to tear down.

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    • Quite so … if we had those ‘good guys’ in the top layers of government, perhaps things would be much different. Heck, if we had apes and gorillas in the top levels of government, things would be better than they are now!


    • Y’know … rawgod suggested that a year or so ago, but … I don’t DO anything to qualify as a good people. Oh sure, I help an elderly lady put water in her trolley at the grocery, or hold a door open for a person in a wheelchair, but those are things that anybody would do. I’m not a ‘bad people’, I have a good heart, but I just don’t do anything. But, I love you for thinking that! Hugs ‘n love … ❤

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  4. I’ve always laughed at business leaders who complain about unions and how they are ruining the economy. The workers didn’t create unions. No, greedy business owners created unions by treating their employees like inferior beings and slaves. Kudos to Dan Price and others like him. I believe in capitalism but only if it is heavily regulated. The growing gap between the rich 1% and the rest of us is proof positive that far heavier regulation is needed.

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    • Nope … labour unions, like almost every other contrivance in the world, were born out of necessity. The income disparity, at least in this country, has grown exponentially, and it’s not a sustainable situation … something is going to give. Employers like Dan Price will survive, for they are treating their people like people, not automatons. Remember Ebeneezer Scrooge from Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”? We have a lot of them as CEOs today. Like Scrooge, they will have some sort of an awakening.


  5. Jill, these stories need not be long to share their large message. The CEO just did what he felt was right and ignored the noise. As for Limbaugh’s caution, a capitalist decided his company will do better if he treats his smploys better. One of my favorite business books is called “Built to Last,” where the nineteen companies focused on dwarfed the financial results of their best competitors over time. “Be more than profits” is one of the key tenets of making money,

    The other two stories are excellent examples as well. Keith

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    • Thanks Keith! I was so thrilled to hear how well Dan’s business is doing, and hope Mr. Limbaugh had a fit of apoplexy when he heard it. I like that quote “Be more than profits” … if all business owners, large and small, operated under that philosophy, capitalism could actually become a fair system. As it is, it is anything but fair. Glad you liked the stories!


  6. I love these posts and, yes, will reblog! Also, I noted how critics of Dan Price’s generosity label it “socialism.” That has become the knee-jerk response of the political right to acts of kindness. How sad is that?

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    • Many thanks for the re-blog dear Hugh! Yes, ‘socialism’ has become the new “evil” in the capitalistic world. Thing is, most people don’t understand what socialism even is, let alone the difference between pure socialism, democratic socialism, and social democracy. They just operate under the assumption that it’s bad because they were told it was bad. Sigh. Yes, very sad indeed. I was thrilled, though, to see Dan’s business flourish … I hope Limbaugh choked on his words!


  7. Dan Price is bordering on an economic theory called “limitarianism” which I came across on someone’s blog a short while ago. The theory states people only need a certain amount of income to be completely happy. Wealth over and above that line causes more grief and suffering than people can humanely cope with. Therefore wealth should be redistributed to only a certain amount of yearly income, say $77,000. Income earned above that would go into a pool that would raise the income of the less-than-wealthy until they arrive at that same income line. Mr. Price probably has other income apart from his salary, but in limitarianism all income is counted, as is all stored wealth.
    IMAGINE what it would be like for every human to have equal income, no matter where they lived, how they lived, and what they did to earn that living! And don’t give me any crap about no one would work, humans are industrious people. They would still want to work just to keep their lives interesting and productive. And compassionate. That is how all humans should be living. Inexpensive food. Inexpensive shelter. And with free healthcare, dental care, vision care, audio care, and pharmacare. Crime would be needless when everyone earned the same amount. Greed would become a thing of the past.

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      • Human beings being human, I doubt that they would be a “tiny” minority. Nonetheless, as a believer in “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” I’m in favor of Rawgod’s proposal despite the more than tiny minority who, in my opinion, would take advantage of (or find a way around) it.

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    • Yeah, Dan said “he recalled a paper by Nobel prize winners Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deaton, who found that people’s emotional well-being improves as their earnings rise, until their pay reaches about $75,000 a year, beyond which any additional earnings do nothing to increase happiness.” Sounds like the same thing as ‘limitarianism’. I agree with you … I think that would be the best of all possible worlds, but we both know that while humans are industrious by nature, they are also greedy and competitive by nature, so the reality is that it will never happen. Sigh.


  8. Dan Price, Mr Martin, and David Vince are really inspirational.

    I love Dan Price’s philosophy… He gives his employees a real goal to work hard for just rewards. This is capitalism working at its best. It has similar principles as socialism, but the difference is that the government does not take Dan’s wealth to waste it on inefficient processes, Dan gives it straight to the employees who do the work for it.

    David Vince did such a kind thing without thought. I have seen this a lot and have done it myself. These acts of little kindnesses are spontaneous and never look for thanks or reward. I generally, instantly put myself into the position of the person I help. I hope that if ever I am in need of a helping hand, someone will do a little kindness for me.

    There are loads of good people out there. They help each other because it is who they are… Not because they want something in return.

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    • If only we had people like these running our governments, the world would be a much happier and safer place. But, alas, if they went into politics, it would likely be only a matter of time before they became jaded and lost whatever it was that made them good people. Yes, I’ve become a cynic in my dotage. :/

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