MY TRUE REWARD
IWORK as a cashier in a convenience store. Recently a customer left his wallet on the counter. It contained bank cards, his driver’s licence and R1 200 in cash. I put the wallet in a safe place, knowing the owner would certainly come back looking for it.
Indeed after about an hour he came back and asked me if I’d seen his wallet. Without hesitation, I returned it to him with a smile. When he was satisfied that the contents were intact, he just said thank you and walked out. Subsequently my colleagues criticised me for not having requested a reward from the man. There was such a big fuss that at first I regretted my decision to let the man go freely.
But I soon came back to my senses and cursed the kind of people so many of us South Africans have become. How can I expect to be rewarded for doing the right thing? By putting the wallet in a safe place, I was helping my fellow human being. That’s humanity, that’s ubuntu. It was up to him to decide whether to reward me or not. Some of my colleagues said I shouldn’t have given him his wallet back. It boggles the mind how people can criticise others for not stealing. They seem to forget that what goes around comes around.
The world gives us back what we put into it. As human beings we must help one another without expecting compensation. We’ll get it when the time is right. M SEREPO, EMAIL