Chris' Corner: Pay it Forward at Holiday Inn

Pay it Forward at Holiday Inn

Monday started out nice and sunny as I drove to Barrie for a seminar on Effective Negotiating.  I arrived at the Holiday Inn about 8:15 a.m. and parked by the rear entrance, close to the conference rooms I knew we would be in.

There were fifty people at today's seminar and we were primed to take this course.  We actually started early, at 8:47 a.m. since the instructor said it would be a full day. 

A full day it was, I barely left my seat to return a few calls out in the hallway, and it seemed we were back at it till lunch.  After a quick lunch, I thought I could squeeze in an errand by filling up my tank in the remaining thirty-five minutes and rushed to my car.  It was raining, not a torrential downpour but a steady rain.  As I was leaving I noticed that one of the hotel staff I had talked to a couple of times was also leaving and looking like he was walking away.  I could not let him get wet walking in a day like this, so, of course, I rolled down my window, and asked him where he was off to.  He told me he had to go to the bank and was trying to do it during his lunch break.  He was going to a CIBC branch and there was one on Yonge St that was just beyond my gas station.  I asked him if I could drop him off, fill up, pick him back up and return, and he was very grateful.  He got in my car and we both joked that we never seem to have umbrella's when we need them.  I dropped him off, filled up my tank, doubled back and picked him up (he was waiting by the door) and returned back in plenty of time to re-join my class and for him to have a few more minutes before going back to work.

I am sure it was something most people would do, if they were to see someone they knew, I just saw him first =)

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Comment balloon 13 commentsChris Smith • September 19 2011 10:55PM

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HI Chris Good for you to always be on the look out to extend a helping hand, it goes a long way to make this world a much better place.

Posted by Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986., Talk To or Text Peter 250-213-9490 (eXp Realty, Victoria BC www.pfanntastic.com) about 9 years ago

Major Brownie points for you today, you no doubt made his day, good for you!

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) about 9 years ago

That's great, Chris! I'm sure you have now inspired him to pay it forward!

Posted by Steve Stenros, CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego (Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula) about 9 years ago

What a a lovely gesture, Chris.  I'm sure you made his day.  That can make all the difference on a gloomy day.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 9 years ago

Hi Chris - Very thoughtful of you and I'm sure that the employee will tell others how thoughtful you were.

Posted by FN LN about 9 years ago

So like you Chris! Boy we can imagine that guy spread your name around and talked about that friendly guy all day!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Linda and Peter, I am sure you, and a lot of other people would have done the same thing in a similar situation.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Steve, George was very helpful by nature, I am sure he would do likewise if the opportunity arose

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Debbie, such actions enrich us more than it does others

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Marc, in my limited experience, Most of the staff at the Holiday Inn in Barrie is very accommodating

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Only trying to pay forward all the help people like you have given me

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

I'm listening to the rain pour down (FINALLY) outside my door right now and can imagine how appreciative I'd be if someone did this for me. Have a great day Chris!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) about 9 years ago

I would do the same thing but the problem is that rain is required, something that is in very short supply here. LOL

Posted by Not a real person about 9 years ago

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