Plain Old Man
The old man made his way into the place, looking around. He wore a simple outfit, his clothes too plain to warrant respect from anyone in there. When he asked for help, he spoke in a simple, southern accent. There was nothing impressive about him. Just then, a security guard came rushing over and abruptly steered him out of the showroom.
As he was forced out, sniggering and degrading comments were made about his appearance. Josh had no idea who he was, but soon enough, he would find out and he would regret his decision.
He Was A Hero
As a veteran of the Vietnam war, Robert Jack had often been treated with disrespect. After sacrificing so much for his country and suffering ongoing PTSD as a result, Robert faced daily struggles. After settling down with his wife, Katie, Robert finally found some peace and happiness.
In his retirement years, he now faced a new set of challenges. He had overcome a lot but wondered if he still had the resilience to keep fighting through every obstacle.
Partners For Life
Robert and Katie met in high school and had been together ever since. They had faced enormous struggles when Robert went off to war. It was decades later but the family now faced fresh obstacles. Robert had been feeling full of despair recently.
After years of dedication and patience, he had recently found a small sense of purpose again. With his trusty bag in tow, Robert entered a fancy car dealership and immediately drew rude stares and whispers from the sales staff. It was clear that he didn’t belong here.
The car dealership was having an unusually slow morning that day. However, the sales employees had long gotten used to this phenomenon and were not concerned about it.
The staff was supposed to identify visitors who could actually buy any of the cars displayed in the shop. Most people came into the dealership to look at the expensive cars, having neither the intention nor the means to buy one. So, naturally, they noticed the old man and were quick to label him as a visitor who shouldn’t be there. Was it the right call, though?
Confused Old Man
The experienced managers had a trained eye, and they could easily recognize a potential buyer when they saw one. Therefore, when the dealership doors opened and a hunched-over elderly man carrying a small canvas bag came in, the sales manager immediately lost interest.
This man was definitely not there to buy a car, they thought. He probably got confused, thinking it was a supermarket or something.
Out Of The Ordinary
The salespeople were surprised to see the old man’s peculiar behavior. He went to the front desk and asked the receptionist to watch his bag, which she carefully put on the floor.
Then the old man began to carefully examine the cars parked in the exhibition hall. He was dressed in a shabby cowboy shirt, loose-fitting pants, and an old hat, which looked rather undermining. One particular salesman watched the old man, not even trying to hide his malicious smile. He wouldn’t wait any longer before approaching the old man.
Out Of His Mind
The salesman was sure the old man was poor and probably out of his mind. He thought the man only came in to admire the expensive cars.
The old man meticulously examined one car after another until finally, he settled on the most expensive one. He asked the salesman about the engine capacity and if he could take a test drive. The salesman visibly recoiled in disgust.
Trying To Get Rid Of Him
The salesman, who was already sick of watching the old man, came up to him and explained in an angry voice that the price of the car had increased and it was actually reserved for someone else.
However, there was still a price tag on the vehicle. Doesn’t that mean the car was still for sale? The salesman suggested the old man try a used car rental service. But Robert wouldn’t budge.
Everyone Was Laughing
As soon as the salesman suggested the rental place, the entire sales staff started laughing. Only Richard, who recently started the job, wasn’t laughing.
He felt sorry for the old man, who felt like a poor lamb surrounded by a flock of evil hyenas. Unable to tolerate the other salesman’s behavior, Richard stepped closer and suggested that the man should get to see the car.
A “Waste Of Time”
The salesman wasn’t having any of it. Meanwhile, the old man kept standing there, quietly waiting to get access to the car’s interior.
“Look, this car is $200,000. I don’t see how you’d be able to afford it,” the salesman sniped, looking Robert up and down with disgust. “If I let you test drive it, it will just be a huge waste of my time!”
A Calm Response
Robert was shocked to be treated this way, but, sadly, he was also used to it. He calmly stood and said, “How do you know I can’t afford it?” Then, he calmly asked to test drive the car again.
The salesman was growing visibly frustrated now. He pointed to the “Right of Admission Reserved” sign above the reception desk. But Robert refused to budge.
Asking Him To Leave
“I have been in this business for a long time,” the salesman spat.” I can spot a time-waster from a mile away. The way you’re dressed tells me that you could never afford this car. I’m going to ask you to leave. now”
However, the angry salesman called security instead, who escorted the strange Robert to the exit. The salesman was glad he got rid of the old man. But that wasn’t actually the case.
Even though he was used to it, the unjust treatment almost brought him to tears. Hunched over, he began to walk away. At that same moment, the leadership administrator saw the bag left behind by the old man.
Unwilling to touch the grubby satchel, she used her foot to push it towards the door. The other employees laughed when they saw it, but Richard wasn’t even smiling.
Adding Insult To Injury
Just then, a woman and a little girl walked in. She gave Robert a wide berth as she passed him through the doorway.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, she leaned down and pretend-whispered something to her daughter: “This is why you have to stay in school. Otherwise, you’ll end up poor and dirty like him.” The entire floor erupted with laughter.
The Last Straw
Robert froze. That was it. He had been very patient and understanding – not just then, but so many times before. He wasn’t going to stay quiet anymore.
“Excuse me,” he said, trying to make his posture as unthreatening as possible as he looked straight into everyone’s eyes one by one. “But I couldn’t help hearing what you said to your daughter.”
Not Staying Quiet
Robert had brushed off so many rude moments before because it wasn’t worth the effort of fighting back. But this time, he wasn’t going to stay quiet.
This was going to be a life lesson that nobody in the car dealership would forget. “Being poor doesn’t mean someone deserves to be talked about that way,” he said assertively. But his next words made everyone’s eyes widen.
A Hard-Working Man
“I’m in construction,” Robert said. “But I’m a very dirty, very educated man.” He explained how not only did he have a college degree, but he also had a few medical certificates.
“Even though I’m old, I haven’t been able to retire because I have to pay my wife’s medical bills,” Robert said. “Shame on all of you!” But he wasn’t done.
Opening The Bag
“Assuming that I’m uneducated and poor just because of my appearance is pure ignorance. But, even if I was poor, unemployed, or homeless, you don’t get the right to judge me.”
Robert angrily swooped to grab his bag off the floor. He opened it and briefly flashed its contents to the room. Everyone, including the rude salesman, was completely dumbfounded.
Scrambling After Him
With that, Robert turned to walk out. The salesman, seeing the commission he could have earned off the car in his mind, scrambled to try and convince him to make the sale.
Now, they were all trying to fawn over him and apologize. Robert smirked. He had had enough though, so he took his bag and walked straight out the door.
The young salesman, Richard, went after him. Luckily, the elderly man hadn’t gotten far. Embarrassed, he apologized profusely for his colleagues’ appalling behavior.
The old man knew that Richard hadn’t been part of any of it. He just smirked and opened his bag to show the contents to the young salesman. Richard couldn’t believe his eyes.
The old man was mistaken for a homeless person, but there were bundles of 100-dollar bills inside his bag. Richard was intrigued and looked questioningly at Robert.
The old man coughed and closed his bag. He then began his story. He introduced himself to the nice young salesman and proceeded to tell the tale of his lifetime. Richard was left speechless.
Robert told Richard that he’d worked hard all his life. Even though he was getting on in years, he still worked with his own hands.
He had just come from a construction site – that was why he looked dirty and poor. Although he had earned good money, he hadn’t been able to retire because he had to look after his wife, Katie.
Robert explained that his wife had been fighting cancer for several years and seemed to be losing the fight.
Even though Robert and Katie hadn’t been poor by any means, the high cost of her chemotherapy over the years had almost bankrupted them. He had managed to keep them afloat, But that wasn’t enough. Robert wanted to do more for his wife.
Realizing that the treatment wasn’t helping Katie anymore, Richard decided to fulfill his wife’s wish and buy her the car she’s always dreamed of driving. But he had to do it while she still had her mobility.
Unfortunately, by the time he had managed to save up enough money, the price of the car had increased substantially. He did not have enough money to buy the car he wanted.
Robert, determined to do this one last thing for his wife, sold all his possessions – including his gold wedding band. The last time Katie had seen the oncologist, he’d predicted that she only had around twelve more months to live.
Robert was shattered. Although he barely had any money or possessions left now, what good would they do if his wife wouldn’t be with him anyway? But he had just learned that he was still short $5,000.
A Salesman’s Resolve
When Richard found out how much money Robert needed, he got to thinking of a way to help. Richard knew that the car dealership could hardly afford such a discount.
After escorting the old man, Richard went back to work. He couldn’t shake his thoughts of the old man and Katie’s dream. Later that evening, the young salesman found himself at the old man’s door. What could he have wanted?
The Help He Needed
Holding a bundle of cash in his hand, the young salesman told Robert that he had brought the cash he needed. He told him to buy his wife the car.
Since he’d be the one selling Robert the car, he’d take the $5,000 from his commission. He quickly turned away and left before seeing the old man tear up.
The next day, Robert returned to the dealership. The salespeople could not understand how he could have changed so drastically.
The old man was now wearing his business suit, and he was carrying the same canvas bag. The rude salesman, thinking he’d gotten a second chance, started fawning over him, even begging for him to buy the car. “No,” said Robert. “I want to work with Richard.”
Inside The Bag
The old man opened the bag and showed everyone the piles of money he had. The previously rude salesman was furious when Richard stepped out of his office.
Robert didn’t hesitate and bought the car on the spot. He signed the paperwork with Richard, who would get the money he had given him back from the commission he deserved. Although it wasn’t the full amount, he was happy that he had helped Katie fulfill one of her dreams.
Fulfilling Her Dream
Everyone at the dealership was green with envy – for missing out on the commission for the sale and because the man they’d treated badly could buy such an expensive car.
Robert went home, he took his wife by the hand, and led her out into the street, gesturing at her dream car. Katie was overwhelmed with joy. Finally, her lifetime dream had been fulfilled.