#karma – Just Helped Out A Guy I Had Never Met Before

August 7, 2009 · 4 comments

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I was sitting at my desk in my office when at approximately 10 am a young well-dressed guy walked into the office. He made himself known to me, “Hi… excuse me.”

What follows next is a transcript of my “tweets” (after the fact):

# ericitzkowitz: Well-dressed guy came into the office looking quite depressed. Said he was going to Phoenix & saw he forgot his wallet in El Centro contd…

# ericitzkowitz: That is.. he was in El Centro and realized he left his wallet at home in Encinitas. DOH! Was out of gas and asked if I could help. contd…less than 5 seconds ago from web

# ericitzkowitz: I gave him $5 because he said nobody would help him. Offered his cell # and everything. I said, “Don’t worry about it.” contd…less than 5 seconds ago from web

# ericitzkowitz: We’ll see if he was telling the truth & does come back with $5. Maybe I’m a sucker? Maybe I believe in Karma? If he was lying… sad! #karma less than 5 seconds ago from web

UPDATE – 08/26/09: No big surprise, the guy (let’s call him Earl) didn’t come back. I firmly believe Karma will come full circle for both of us.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Eric Itzkowitz September 24, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Dennis, I like your advice… CLASSIC! FYI… They guy never did come back, but I still feel good about giving him $5. All I can hope for is somebody to return the favor if I ever happen to find myself in a similar situation.

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2 Dennis Yu September 22, 2009 at 1:11 am

Hey Eric,

Bravo on helping a guy out!

Someone told me that 90% of folks who ask for money are lying, no matter how true. Thus, perhaps think of your $5 as really being 50 cents— just apply a 90% discount factor to it.


3 Eric Itzkowitz August 9, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Hi Jonathan. I’m not sure yet. He never came back on Friday, but that’s OK. Maybe he’ll come back this week. Even if he doesn’t, no biggie. I’ll still try to help people when I can.


4 Three Money Methods Online August 9, 2009 at 4:56 pm

So was it bad Karma? Or did he come back?



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