Because of his clothing and quiet demeanor, Robert had been mistaken for a homeless person with not a dollar to his name. However, there were packs of 100-dollar bills inside his little canvas bag. Richard’s curiosity was at its peak, and all he could do was look at Robert with intrigue.
Robert coughed and closed his bag, and then decided to share his story with Richard. He introduced himself to Richard by his full name and started to tell him the amazing story of his life. Richard couldn’t believe what was coming out of Robert’s mouth; he was amazed at the old man.
As soon as Robert showed them what was in the bag, he turned around and started to walk out of the dealership. The sleazy salesman that had approached him in the first place to try and rip him off, bolted towards the door and started chasing after him.
Everyone did the same and they hovered over Robert while apologizing profusely and telling him how bad they all felt. But Robert had reached his limit a while ago, and now he had made up his mind about what kind of people they all were. So, he just smiled calmly and proceeded to walk off. But someone wasn’t ready to let him go yet.
Richard Went After Him
Richard, the only salesman who hadn’t laughed and actually tried to speak on Robert’s behalf, left the car dealership and followed Robert down the street. He was ashamed of his co-workers’ behavior, and he started to apologize repeatedly from the bottom of his heart.
Robert recognized Richard’s face, and he knew that he was the only one who had behaved like a decent person. Robert smiled at him and opened the bag so Richard could get a good look at what he had just shown the other people at the dealership. As soon as Richard looked inside the bag, he was dumbfounded and unable to speak.
Times of Hardship
Robert started to explain how he had worked very hard his entire life; first during the war and then when he was discharged. Even now, when he should have been able to retire, he had to continue working and took up a job in construction.
He further told Richard that he had gone to the dealership straight from work at a construction site, and that was the reason he looked so dirty. Robert explained that, despite the fact that he had made plenty of money throughout his life and was ready to retire, his wife got sick, and he had to continue working.
Bordering on Bankruptcy
Robert finally shared his most painful secret – his beloved wife Kate had been diagnosed with cancer and had been fighting the illness for years. Even though at times it seemed that Kate was losing the battle against the illness, Robert had vowed to himself to stay strong and positive and never lose hope.
She needed him to be her rock, and he was happy to do that. However, one thing he never imagined he would have to deal with on top of everything was people’s judgment and cruelty. As if all that weren’t enough, at one point he also had to deal with bordering on bankruptcy to cover the medical costs.