I love living in a place, and a country, where the level of trust among the citizenry is so high. I’ve written about this before, however you might need to have lived overseas to really appreciate what I am saying. But here’s a tiny two-part example. I bought some Cream of Wheat a couple weeks ago and somehow got home without it. Today, I brought the old receipt to the service desk at Stop and Shop, and explained why I wanted a “free” box. No problem. The employee wrote a little note on my slip, and gave me a fresh box in a bag…good to go.
In the meantime, I dropped my shopping list somewhere in the service counter vicinity. I returned to search a couple times. The second time an elderly lady said, “Are you looking for something? Can I help you?”
Not every American individual, or business, operates on an “innocent until proven guilty” basis. And there is a higher level of this trust of strangers outside of big cities. But generally, this is the American ethos, or aspiration, and I am grateful for it every day. I hear it was spreading like wildfire in DC on Inauguration Day. That must have beeen a marvel to behold. Long may it last.