Richard Branson shared an interesting story on his blog, about the generosity of his friend, Pankaj Shah. Pankaj is a businessman who has an intriguing, but generous habit – “Whenever he is out to dinner, he asks the staff to find the couple who look most in love, and takes care of their bill.”
Over the holidays last year, he was in Boston at a restaurant he hadn’t been to in 3 years. The manager came up to him and told him that the couple he had paid for 3 years ago were back at the restaurant. The conversation between Pankaj and the Manager went like this:
The couple, who choose to remain anonymous invited Pankaj over to their wedding as well. Nevertheless, here is the couple:
Manager: That couple I chose, they’re here.
Pankaj: How would you know that?
Manager: Dude just got down on one knee and proposed.
Pankaj: Huh? What?
Manager: We went over and asked why they chose this place, and the guy said they were sitting at that same table three years ago and some stranger paid for their meal and made them think about kindness and love and they’ve been talking about it ever since. They’ve incorporated it into their lives and said there was no other place he could have proposed, it was their most impactful memory.