Trusting Strangers in 2007
Warning – this post has nothing to do with technology, or IT.
Over the last year I’ve been doing something I’ve always wanted to do – learning to play guitar. My starting point was as a complete novice – I’ve never had any musical training. I’ve been learning on my wife’s guitar. My plan was to purchase my own guitar if I stuck with it.
Well, yesterday I visited a very cool acoustic guitar shop called Wildwood Music, run by Marty & Don, (www.wildwoodmusic.com) located 70 miles North East of Columbus in Coshocton, Ohio. Long story short I bought a beautiful, quality, Taylor guitar.
But an amazing thing happened in the process.
After deciding to take the plunge I inquired if they would take a credit card. Their answer was no, checks only. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to bring my checkbook.
Don told me “not to worry, take the guitar, and send me a check when you get home.” So that’s what I did. Keep in mind that this guitar was not cheap, that I had never been to their store, that they did not know me at all. They never even checked my ID or asked for any kind of identification. I just wrote my name and address on the receipt and walked out with the guitar.
Now that’s trust.
I think the world needs more people like Marty and Don.
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