Don’t Mess With My Coffee Or Else
That’s right, if you throw money at a cashier you might land yourself in a court room waiting for a judge to read your demise like unhappy Roy Gilmore in New Brunswick, Canada. Just when you thought you couldn’t give money away when you just throw it at someone practically giving it away you get slammed for it. The Crown is asking for jail time for Gilmore who was upset while trying to scrounge up the amount he owed for his medium coffee at Tim Horton’s but was short $0.11. He got angry because he felt for all the times he had left tips for the cashiers that they could at least help him out and let him off the $0.11 for the coffee.
Apparently the cashier Katelyn Blair would not give him his coffee. You don’t pay, you don’t get it and that is what it all boiled down to. Alternatively I don’t read anything about um… maybe getting a small coffee instead of a medium lol as it does cost less. It’s lovely every once in a while when we hear those pay it forward type stories because the good in people really does make the world go round. I’ve often have forgotten a quarter my shopping cart and there is always someone willing to hand me over the $0.25 to help me out, so I do the same and pay it forward. Sometimes just the small things really do make someone’s day.
It’s clear as day on the video surveillance footage where you can see all the action go down and he does in fact throw a bit of a fit then tosses what change he has at the cashier just before exiting the restaurant. Now in his defense his lawyer says he was throwing it past her and maybe that was what he intended but his aim was pretty crap because he hit her dead on with the coins. There is no round about way to put it but that is assault with deadly coins and the judge agrees and now he is waiting for his sentencing which might include jail time. If that would have been a bartender in a night club the bouncers would have tossed his arse out in the street, maybe Tim Horton’s should hook up with some java security.
“For all the times I come in and have given you tips, you couldn’t even give me a [expletive] coffee,” Gilmore apparently said.
The cashier said she was scared to go to work the next day but I’m sure nothing would have come of it although you never know. People get angry all the time and throw fits, although no one has yet to get pissed at me enough to throw money at me. If that’s all it takes, I need to piss off some rich people. When working in customer service you have to give your 110% to the customers and the customers should also treat you with respect as you are providing a service to them.
With that in mind you don’t know how someone will react and maybe, just maybe he could have come back so I can understand her fear. Some people get lost in themselves and do strange things that no one can ever explain. Many people don’t realize that the way the present themselves is a reflection of what is happening in their world. If things aren’t all that great, it’s no one else’s fault so don’t take it on them.
My wife did a stint at Tim Horton’s when she was younger and said yes they made tips, not lots but if the guy was short she would have immediately said not to worry she’d put the few cents in for him. I know you can’t do that for everyone but she said in all her time it’s only happened a few times. Most times you might even see that little container on the counter or a cup “give a penny, take a penny” although now it might read “give a nickel take a nickel”.
There have been times while I was rummaging around for change in my wallet while paying for my coffee at Tim Horton’s and she would say not to worry she would chip in the few cents out of the little tub. Most people tend to go to the same Tim Horton’s around the same time so it’s easy to get to know the workers. When I see them I give back and toss change in to help the next person.
Looking at the video it’s a shame this had to go so far but it does teach people a lesson in which you can’t take your anger out on others even if you don’t intentionally mean to. If you are pissed off at the world or your boss, your spouse or some random stranger you need to control your emotions and try to be mindful of your actions. Getting angry solves nothing. Maybe if he would have asked her nicely if she could spot him the change and he’d come back with it tomorrow then she may have responded, sure I can help you out.
If I were the cashier, I simply would have tossed the 11 cents in, smiled and told him to have a lovely day. There are many situations in life not just at Tim Horton’s that we let our emotions get the best of us and then we walk away not feeling so good about ourselves. I’m sure he never believed he’d been sitting in court for this but it happens and will continue to happen if people get angry enough.
So, the next time you plan to throw money at someone make sure you are doing it for all the right reasons and not because your inner beast takes control of you. It’s those moments of anger that may land you in jail, with a fine and or killing someone especially if you are prone to road rage and can’t control yourself. If you feel you have a problem with anger than talk to your doctor as there are many programs out there that will be able to help you find your way back to being a better person. Personally, this entire situation could have been avoided either by chipping in the 11 cents or offering to downsize the product for the customer in an efficient manner especially if she noticed him getting irritated about it.
Do you think he should get jail time for throwing money at the Tim Hortons cashier? why or why not? How could this situation been avoided or handled differently?
You can read the full story and watch the video here.
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