This story happened last Friday, but I wasn't able to get it typed up for you. As I've mentioned my folks made a visit out for a couple of weeks. Last Friday they were getting ready to head back home.
I had gotten a screw in the front tire of the truck and had run it to town to get the flat repaired. Dad took me back to pick up the truck and went to get the bugs washed off his car and gas up so they could leave the next morning.
My dad drove around town till he found a tunnel style car wash that he could drive through. He pulled up and paid the guy running it. Dad said that the car wash guy was a ragged hippy looking sort with lots of tats and piercings. I'm sure dad was thrilled to make his acquaintance. Anyway dad paid.
Dad has taken to decorating everything with USMC paraphilia. This had made gift buying for him much easier. We are preferred customers now with Sgt. Grit. Among dad's Marine accoutrements is a Vietnam Vets ball cap with his ribbons sewn into it and a USMC license plate holder. The car wash hippie asked him about the cap. Dad replied that yes, it was his.
I don't think he thought too much about the exchange. When the car came out the other side of the wash, the car wash guy had him roll down his window. Then he counted back dad's money to him. Dad was told that his car wash was free and thanked for his service to his country. Then the lady who was drying cars stuck her head in the window and thanked him for his service too.
When my father came back from Vietnam they were advising service men to change out of their uniforms into civilian cloths because people were spitting on them and calling them baby killers at the airports. Dad said that since he got home in 1969 no one had ever randomly thanked him for his service or comp'd him. Then this hippie went and gave him a free car wash and thanked him for his service.
GFF, even a long haired, tattoo freak with face and body piercings can be a first rate human being. My dad never had a random thank you for Vietnam. One day, 46 years latter, he got it form the last person he expected, a hippie. Good on you car wash guy!