Random act of kindness witnessed in a Northern suburbs (in other words affluent) part of Johannesburg this morning. Its 09h15 in a large shopping mall. Smartly-dressed woman is paying for what looks like her weekly groceries. Because its early on a Sunday, there are no queues. As she unloads her shopping trolley, a man walks to the same till. He’s dressed in dirty overalls: the knitted beany he’s wearing against the 8 degree winter morning has holes in it. He holds a single package of what looks like polony slices in his hand.
The woman looks up at the man standing behind her trolley and smiles. She says something to him. His head tips in a quizzical fashion. She smiles again and turns to the cashier, gesturing at the same time to the man. He passes the packet of meat to the cashier, who swipes it through the till and hands him his packet back. He squeezes behind the woman, saying something to her as he picks up his packet and pockets the money he had in his other hand.
The cashier smiles at the woman, She smiles back.