Don't Cry Over Spilled Ginger-ale

I may have posted this story before under a different category. I looked through my blogs first, but it wasn't there.  Since it's on my mind I may as well mention my experience here, even if I have already put it somewhere else.

Last year I worked graveyards at a gas station convenience store.  One night a couple young men came in and bought a 2 liter Ginger-ale.  It must have been Friday or Saturday night, because they were both giddy and goofy, and before leaving the store they were tossing the bottle back and forth between them.  Thankfully they left soon after, without wrecking anything.  One minute later, though, one of them came back in.  They'd kept chucking the bottle back-and-forth, he told me, until it accidentally dropped and burst apart.  Could they have another one, he wondered?  I told him I was sorry, but I couldn't provide another bottle without payment.  Turns out he didn't have enough for another one. 

These guys weren't that old, but they were adults.  And if you're going to actually throw a bottle like a football until it drops and breaks open like that, it's your own fault.  Would they have made the same mistake if it was a glass liquor bottle?  It seems obvious, but I was not obliged under those circumstances to give them another bottle for free.  I didn't even take pity on them.  Hopefully they learned something through that experience.
UnderEli UnderEli
46-50, M
Nov 30, 2012