At the Dollar Store I work at, I have seen kids who run around messing everything up, I have seen kids (and adults!) break stuff and then try to hide it (never did find more than Mickey Mouse's feet...)... all kinds of insanity. But the other day, I witnessed a child who obviously has been Raised Right.
I was at the register, checking out a customer, when I heard a small crash. Manager was in the office counting down her drawer, keyholder who was coming in was in the bathroom, so no one was immediately available to investigate. No screaming, shouting, anything, so I figure maybe something just fell off one of the shelves (not unknown to happen).
A moment later a mom comes to my register, along with her two kids. A boy who looked about 9 years old, and a girl maybe 5 years old.
Mom: There was a small accident in that aisle there, near the back of the store. My son accidentally dropped a bottle of nail polish-
Boy: It was an accident, I'm sorry! It was a small bottle, and I tried to hold it VERY securely, but it slipped and broke. I'm sorry. I'll pay!
The boy then proceeds to hold out his hand with about a dollar in coins in it. He looks VERY afraid he was in trouble, though his mom wasn't yelling, no one looked upset. He very obviously felt bad about breaking the bottle of nail polish.
Me: Oh, no worries! Accidents happen! Thank you SO much for telling me, I will get that cleaned up right away! No need to pay, accidents happen, it's not a big deal.
During this, I am proceeding to ring up their purchases, and the boy says something to his mother. I hear the mom say "She may not be able to take it" but think nothing of it. I tell the mom her total, and the boy sets his coins on the counter.
Boy: Here, a tip for you.
Me: Oh, thank you, but I can't accept that. But I appreciate the thought!
Mom finishes paying, and the family leaves with their purchases. But that small incident shows me that there ARE parents who are doing their best to teach their kids the right way to behave, and instill good manners and thoughtfulness for retail slaves!