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· Going Postal
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>Late last week, I was rushing around trying to get some shopping done. I
>stressed out and not thinking very fondly of the Christmas season right
>then. It was dark, cold, and wet in the parking lot as I was loading my car
>up with gifts that I felt obligated to buy. I noticed that I was missing a
>receipt that I might need later.
>So mumbling under my breath, I retraced my steps to the shopping
>center entrance.
>As I was searching the wet pavement for the lost receipt, I heard a quiet
>sobbing. The crying was coming from a poorly dressed boy of about 12 years
>He was short and thin. He had no coat. He was just wearing a ragged flannel
>shirt to protect him from the cold night's chill Oddly enough, he was
>holding a hundred dollar bill in his hand. Thinking that he had gotten lost
>from his parents, I asked him what was wrong.
>He told me his sad story. He said that he came from a large family. He had
>three brothers and four sisters. His father had died when he was nine years
>old. His mother was poorly educated and worked two full time jobs. She made
>very little to support her large family.
>Nevertheless, she had managed to skimp and save two hundred dollars to buy
>her children Christmas presents. The young boy had been dropped off, by his
>mother, on the way to her second job. He was to use the money to buy
>presents for all his siblings and save just enough to take the bus home.
>He had not even entered the mall, when an older boy grabbed one of the
>hundred dollar bills and disappeared into the night.
>"Why didn't you scream for help?" I asked.
>The boy said, "I did."
>"And nobody came to help you?" I wondered.
>The boy stared at the sidewalk and sadly shook his head. "How loud did
>you scream?" I inquired.
>The soft-spoken boy looked up and meekly whispered, "Help me!"
>I realized that absolutely no one could have heard that poor boy cry for
>So I grabbed his other hundred and ran to my car.

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