When I was at the barber this week, I observed a small, random act of kindness. An older gentleman had finished getting his haircut when he jumped out of the chair, left a bill on the counter, and bolted out the door. As the price of a haircut is $14, I assumed he had left a twenty. Not an unreasonable tip.
Yet after she turned around, the barber sighed to her colleague at the station next door. Apparently, the man has been coming for some time and leaving ten dollars for his haircut: perhaps, assuming in all of that time that rents, cost of living, etc. have not gone up.
Instead of chasing after him, however, the barber chose not to haggle after him for the extra the four dollars. Perhaps, she assumed, he was not aware. She just smiled to herself and remarked to her colleague that when “the next time” rolls around, she’d gently remind him that the price had gone up.
We live in a world where it seems like we are always hell-bent on catching people doing bad. We are a society that relishes scandals. But isn’t it great when every once in a while we get to sit back and catch someone doing good?
Our tradition teaches, mitzvah gorreret mitzvah. One mitzvah leads to another.
When my haircut was done, I left a generous tip.