What Do You Mean You Don't Want the Money?

Written by: Ivor
Published: 14.11.2008
Today's world being as it is, with people being ruled by money and greed, it is an egocentric place. It is a place where all is bought and sold for selfish reasons. It's a norm to be greedy, it's a norm not to be unselfish. And so it happens, that in an unexpected situation deviating from the norm, when some complete stranger gives something to us for no particular reason other than "Here, take it," we feel somewhat awkward.

So, I am at a ticket office counter after lunch today, ready to buy two tickets for the evening gig of Kosmikud. As I place my order for two tickets the guy right next to me at the second counter asks if I want the ticket.

"What, for the Kosmikud evening show?"

"Yes!"

"Why? Don't you want it?"

"I've got more than I need," he says while I observe that some 5-6 tickets are being printed. Well, if he's pre-ordered more than he needs, why not help the guy, right?

"Yeah, sure, I'll buy one off your hands," I say going for a 100 EEK note in my wallet, that's about 6 EUR for the interested parties, or 2,2 half a litre beers at the venue.

So, while I'm looking for the banknote this guy gets his tickets, puts one on the counter right next to me and starts to leave.

"Hey! Here, take the money!" I say extending a hand with the note after him.

"No, I don't want it."

"What do you mean you don't want the money?!" I stare at him in disbelief taken rather aback.

"Nah... No..." he goes, and walks away while I'm looking after him somewhat stupefied. I shrug, pay with the note for the one ticket I'm buying now, take the ticket and start the walk back to work.

Waiting for the tram I got thinking and remembered a similar incident a bit more than a year ago. Similar, only the other way around. I was accredited for Ankkarock 2007 festival. It was a pain to get that accreditation, to say the least, but I had to have it as The Gathering was giving their final performance with Anneke at that particular Ankkarock. I mean, it's not exactly on my doorstep but it's right over the Finnish Gulf, just out of Helsinki. Loving the band, not going was not an option. Though, because of the various and complicated confusing reasons I got accredited not through Metal Storm but on behalf of our local newspaper Postimees.

So it happened, that due to all the confusion and due to being somewhat late for the accreditation deadline, I got the deal with the organizers that they got me on the press list but I was not going to get the free pass. I was supposed to get the ticket myself. I was also supposed to present it on demand at the accreditation office on site. I was all fine with that as I was counting on those expenses a while ago, I just needed the photo pass in addition.

Once there, I had to go all around the big festival area to the backside to find the accreditation office, well table that represented the office, to be precise. I presented my ID card and got in return all the necessary labels to hang about myself. And nobody, nobody! asked for my ticket. As I saw from the press list, nobody was even supposed to ask for my ticket. I left the office and went through the yet closed to public festival area back to the main gates.

So, there I was walking, the festival press pass on me and spare ticket in my pocket, thinking thoughts why the hell did I bother to buy it and how to get rid of it now. I don't remember the situation exactly, maybe it was the camera bag over my shoulder that attracted the attention, maybe the fact that I was coming out of the closed area, but once back out through the gates I found myself for some reason asking from a 15-16 year old girl "You want the ticket? You really want the ticket?? Here, take it!" I said handing over the ticket and turning to leave.

That was one shocked happy look on her face. And I was actually rather pleased as I didn't have to look for someone to sell the ticket and go through the tedious bargaining. I was even more pleased that I had actually made someone happy just a moment ago.

I must have done something right that day for, as it seems, the deed got round back to me. Okay, so there is a 10 times the price difference but who the hell cares? It's the deed itself that counts.

I'd like to end this story with the excerpt from Deadsoul Tribe's "Toy Rockets."

Once we were giving
Now we are taking
We left a more beautiful world than we're making
Once we were building
Now we are breaking
Time to clean up all the mess we've been making
Lay down your hand grenades
Throw down your rifles
Now is the time to make peace with your rivals and Love
Love
Love
Love
Love


And now I'm off to the gig. Thanks to all the good people out there.


 



Written on 14.11.2008 by
Ivor
I shoot people.

Sometimes, I also write about it.
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Elio - 14.11.2008 at 22:51  
Nice story. Well, probably it's true that the deed got round back to you, it's nice to see people doing something good for others sometimes.
Sooo, some time ago I allowed an old woman to use my mobile phone and I refused the moeny she wanted to give me, I wait my free metal gig ticket now
ThunderAxe1989 - 15.11.2008 at 01:13  
Ahhh nothin like good karma
jupitreas - 15.11.2008 at 16:09  
Karma sucks. Ive done the same thing as Ivor 3 times already (same reasons behind it more or less) and so far my life has not improved in any way
Doc Godin - 16.11.2008 at 12:35  
That was a nice little story. I remember doing something like that, I used to skateboard a long time ago, but stopped shortly after I dropped around $300 on a pro type deck. I remember about a year later I was walking home one evening and saw a young boy (whom I recognized as my neighbour, but never talked to) sitting on the curb with his head in his hands with a broken skateboard at his feet. Judging by this kids clothes and the shitty duplex he lived in next door, buying another skateboard was not a very easy thing for him or his family, so I went inside and grabbed my top of the line True North deck (perfectly molded to my skating style) with camoflauge grindking trucks (great flex in them), brand new spitfire wheels, snazzy unbreakable soft hook-ups riser pads, and the most expensive ball-bearings they had at the store. All components to this skateboard were pretty much brand new. I then gave him my skateboard and said he'd probably put it to better use than me. The little bastards face lit-up like a cokehead on christmas.

And what would you know? His mom showed up at my door about an hour later trying to return the skateboard to me! Just like you said, Ivor - those awkward reactions to generous acts of kindness.

I have yet to get any luck of that sort to come my way. Jupitreas is right, karma sucks, I want my skateboard back.
LeChron James - 17.11.2008 at 05:48  
Written by Doc Godin on 16.11.2008 at 12:35

That was a nice little story. I remember doing something like that, I used to skateboard a long time ago, but stopped shortly after I dropped around $300 on a pro type deck. I remember about a year later I was walking home one evening and saw a young boy (whom I recognized as my neighbour, but never talked to) sitting on the curb with his head in his hands with a broken skateboard at his feet. Judging by this kids clothes and the shitty duplex he lived in next door, buying another skateboard was not a very easy thing for him or his family, so I went inside and grabbed my top of the line True North deck (perfectly molded to my skating style) with camoflauge grindking trucks (great flex in them), brand new spitfire wheels, snazzy unbreakable soft hook-ups riser pads, and the most expensive ball-bearings they had at the store. All components to this skateboard were pretty much brand new. I then gave him my skateboard and said he'd probably put it to better use than me. The little bastards face lit-up like a cokehead on christmas.

And what would you know? His mom showed up at my door about an hour later trying to return the skateboard to me! Just like you said, Ivor - those awkward reactions to generous acts of kindness.

I have yet to get any luck of that sort to come my way. Jupitreas is right, karma sucks, I want my skateboard back.

wait wait wait, you blew $300 on a DECK?
Doc Godin - 17.11.2008 at 11:10  
Written by LeChron James on 17.11.2008 at 05:48

wait wait wait, you blew $300 on a DECK?

I was 14 with my first job, what the hell else would I buy?
LeChron James - 17.11.2008 at 11:21  
Written by Doc Godin on 17.11.2008 at 11:10

Written by LeChron James on 17.11.2008 at 05:48

wait wait wait, you blew $300 on a DECK?

I was 14 with my first job, what the hell else would I buy?

well for $300 you coulda got 3. 300 bucks is EXPENSIVE for completes of any kind.
Doc Godin - 17.11.2008 at 11:26  
Written by LeChron James on 17.11.2008 at 11:21

Written by Doc Godin on 17.11.2008 at 11:10

Written by LeChron James on 17.11.2008 at 05:48

wait wait wait, you blew $300 on a DECK?

I was 14 with my first job, what the hell else would I buy?

well for $300 you coulda got 3. 300 bucks is EXPENSIVE for completes of any kind.

Yeah, well
A) It was one that was actually designed by a pro skater (the name escapes me now).
B) I was living in a small town when I bought it. Shit is generally more expensive in small towns because business' like these generally have the monopoly. (so an average decent deck would have been around 150)
C) It was a complete set-up....God those Grind King trucks were incredible....

But this is getting really irrelevent, I'm sure Ivor is getting annoyed by now.
Yossarian - 10.12.2008 at 17:22  
Written by Elio on 14.11.2008 at 22:51

some time ago I allowed an old woman to use my mobile phone and I refused the moeny she wanted to give me,


Same happened to me. I used the mobile from an old woman and refused to give her the money she was asking from me.

Sorry, it was not true. Just a joke. I couldn't help making it.

Great stories.

Bye
Ernis - 10.12.2008 at 17:50  
Written by Elio on 14.11.2008 at 22:51

Nice story. I wait my free metal gig ticket now

You know....I think it's better after all to do good to others just for the good feeling itself, not for any supposed reward.....
Elio - 10.12.2008 at 19:19  
Written by Ernis on 10.12.2008 at 17:50

Written by Elio on 14.11.2008 at 22:51

Nice story. I wait my free metal gig ticket now

You know....I think it's better after all to do good to others just for the good feeling itself, not for any supposed reward.....


Of course...when it's possible
Warman - 11.12.2008 at 02:01  
I'm also very uncomfortable with getting things for free. This girl from work always buys me snus every Saturday we work together. I always try to give her her money back, but she refuses.
Marcel Hubregtse - 11.12.2008 at 16:56  
Written by Warman on 11.12.2008 at 02:01

I'm also very uncomfortable with getting things for free. This girl from work always buys me snus every Saturday we work together. I always try to give her her money back, but she refuses.


Don't you see? She just wants sex in return.
Elio - 11.12.2008 at 23:23  
Written by Warman on 11.12.2008 at 02:01

I'm also very uncomfortable with getting things for free. This girl from work always buys me snus every Saturday we work together. I always try to give her her money back, but she refuses.


Probably Marcel is right, but if you buy her snus you'll give her back the money in a certain way! But, as I already said, Marcel is right
Warman - 12.12.2008 at 00:05  
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 11.12.2008 at 16:56

Don't you see? She just wants sex in return.

Haha, oops, I left out the fact that we both really like eachother. It still feels wrong though.
Doc Godin - 12.12.2008 at 09:52  
Written by Warman on 11.12.2008 at 02:01

I'm also very uncomfortable with getting things for free. This girl from work always buys me snus every Saturday we work together. I always try to give her her money back, but she refuses.

What the fuck are snus?
tulkas - 12.12.2008 at 10:46  
I figure since kindess (and also honesty) are so rare to find in people nowadays, when we do get involved in cases like this, we do feel awkward or shocked, like we can't believe someone is doing something for good for someoe else, specially if it's a perfect stranger. imo it's really sad that now we question any good deed someone might do, we kinda question people's motives all the time; i do it. but because we don't really know anyone, i guess. and it's understandable, but precisely because of that it's really sad.
Valentin B - 12.12.2008 at 14:58  
I never really experienced this, ok, maybe once i tried to light a cigarette in a bonfire and failed miserably, i was also real drunk, so these girls who were staring at me like "wtf is this guy trying to do?" and said "soo... you want a cigarette right?" pretty embarassing but what the heck.
Warman - 12.12.2008 at 22:43  
Written by Doc Godin on 12.12.2008 at 09:52

Written by Warman on 11.12.2008 at 02:01

I'm also very uncomfortable with getting things for free. This girl from work always buys me snus every Saturday we work together. I always try to give her her money back, but she refuses.

What the fuck are snus?

Snus/snuff, that Swedish tobacco you place under your lip.
Doc Godin - 12.12.2008 at 23:28  
Written by Warman on 12.12.2008 at 22:43

Snus/snuff, that Swedish tobacco you place under your lip.

Ah, we just call that chew...or dip. And snuff is the snorting tobacco. Its odd that a woman would give you that stuff, most women I know wouldn't even think of kissing a guy who does chew.
Warman - 12.12.2008 at 23:58  
Written by Doc Godin on 12.12.2008 at 23:28

Ah, we just call that chew...or dip. And snuff is the snorting tobacco. Its odd that a woman would give you that stuff, most women I know wouldn't even think of kissing a guy who does chew.

Well... "chew" is something I use daily, 24/7. If I'm not eating or sleeping I have one in my mouth. But I think she gives it to me for the symbolism, we first started talking when she saw me use it and argued for hours about what's best for you: ciggaretts or snus.
ThunderAxe1989 - 13.12.2008 at 02:48  
Written by jupitreas on 15.11.2008 at 16:09

Karma sucks. Ive done the same thing as Ivor 3 times already (same reasons behind it more or less) and so far my life has not improved in any way

well "Karma" does not JUST referre to this ONE lifetime you know.

people expect positive things to return back to them so quick!
TheBigRossowski - 24.12.2008 at 18:39  
Haven't you seen Pay It Forward with the little boy from 6 Sense?

Pay it Forward, thats what this world needs. Some people to remember what good really is.
-DC-002- - 25.12.2008 at 02:57  
Written by TheBigRossowski on 24.12.2008 at 18:39

Haven't you seen Pay It Forward with the little boy from 6 Sense?

Pay it Forward, thats what this world needs. Some people to remember what good really is.


I'm not gonna pay it forward!?... I've seen that movie. I don't feel like getting stabbed

seriously though, Pay it Forward everyone
Warman - 28.12.2008 at 00:34  
I will never pay it forward since that movie is horrible!
iMPERiAL_iCE - 24.10.2010 at 10:02  
Actually the same thing happened to me a while ago for the Anathema gig in Lebanon, there was a creepy guy who told me if I'd like to have his ticket because he has to leave and stuff, so I involuntarily put my hand to my pocket but was stopped by the guy, he said he's good and he doesn't need any money and that giving happiness to others is his payment so I thanked the guy and felt bad about finding him creepy, and there I was happy at the door when the security at the entrance stopped me for carrying a fake ticket!!!!!! and well I couldn't enter later on because the gig was sold-out!!!!
so I will never do that again, I'll buy a ticket and with that my peace of mind...
ScreamingSteelUS - 22.04.2011 at 04:57  
One time at an Accept concert some guy gave me one of Peter Baltes's bass picks for no apparent reason, which was awesome. The singer from Pain! also gave me some free stickers because I said they were amazing. I really meant it, but it was kind of cool to get stuff for it.
MechanisT - 22.04.2011 at 17:35  
Written by Ernis on 10.12.2008 at 17:50

Written by Elio on 14.11.2008 at 22:51

Nice story. I wait my free metal gig ticket now

You know....I think it's better after all to do good to others just for the good feeling itself, not for any supposed reward.....


Totally agreed.
ADIresiduos - 26.04.2011 at 22:26  
Written by jupitreas on 15.11.2008 at 16:09

Karma sucks. Ive done the same thing as Ivor 3 times already (same reasons behind it more or less) and so far my life has not improved in any way

Patience....... patience is the key, when you least expect it, you'll get your reward; but we gotta keep in mind that all good deeds should be done without expecting something in return, it's something we do for two reasons and two reasons only: to make someone happy and to feel good with ourselves.
terrorist - 15.05.2011 at 17:07  
I am gonna quote Phill Anselmo: "I am not gonna kill my self,i got wayyyy to much money" )))
Spirit Molecule - 16.05.2011 at 11:34  
Written by Yossarian on 10.12.2008 at 17:22

Written by Elio on 14.11.2008 at 22:51

some time ago I allowed an old woman to use my mobile phone and I refused the moeny she wanted to give me,


Same happened to me. I used the mobile from an old woman and refused to give her the money she was asking from me.

Sorry, it was not true. Just a joke. I couldn't help making it.

Great stories.

Bye

Once i let someone use my mobile phone, and i got mugged

I try to be nice and help people out. Its not to get something in return though. You just realise that no matter what happens you're always happy at the end of the day. Also if everyone was a lot nicer and helpful the world would be a better place

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