Charity Wrapped In Dignity!

She asked him, “How much are you selling the eggs?”

The old egg Seller replied to her, “N40 for one egg, Madam.”

She said to him, “I will take 6 eggs for N200 or I will leave”.

The old egg Seller replied, “Come take them at the price you want. May God bless us, and maybe this is a good beginning because I have not been able to sell to anyone today.”

She took it and walked away with a feeling that she has won. She got into her fancy car and went to pick her friend, and invited her to a posh restaurant.

She and her friend sat down and ordered what they liked. They ate a little and left a lot of what they ordered.

Then she went to pay the bill. The bill was N1,400 She gave him N1,500 and said to the owner of the restaurant: “Keep the change.”

This incident may seem quite normal to the owner of the restaurant. But it is very painful for the poor egg Seller.

The bottom line is:

Why do we always show that we have the power when we buy from the needy and the poor? And why are we generous with those who do not need our generosity?

Every time a poor child comes to me to sell something simple, I remember a tweet from the son of a rich man who said, “After every prayer, my father used to buy simple goods from poor people at expensive prices, even though he did not need them. Sometimes he used to pay more for them. I used to get concerned by this act and I asked him about it. Then my father told me: *’It is a charity wrapped with dignity, my son.‘*

Compare these two stories of social hypocrisy.

The first one is disappointing and the second one is inspiring.

What is your take? Kindly hit the comment session to share your views.

Have a beautiful weekend!


Peace and Love!

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14 thoughts on “Charity Wrapped In Dignity!

  1. My Take on the post:

    Sadly, that’s the world we live in. That restaurant tip though! I really cannot wrap my head around that but then, it’s the norm to give tips for services rendered. And truly, looking back now, how we haggle prices from a poor widow who sells groundnut by the roadside. How we negotiate to the lowest amount to buy tomatoes from the poor farmer… How we ask for the smallest change from the poor girl that sells bread at the church gate. Phew! And we leave the change with the cashier at the supermarket… giving to those who already have. There is need to reconsider our actions when next we buy from that poor fellow… If we truly have that humanness in us. We need to refocus our charity acts. And help change these social constructs. 🙂

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  2. I agree. This time of year the farmers markets are my favorite place to buy even though they are more expensively. It’s seeing the maker behind the product and the quality of their wares. It’s a hard way to make a living but I would prefer to share what I have to them.


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