A Christmas Story
True Member Story: A couple of months ago a young man came to withdraw funds but his account was empty — he was out of savings. Yet he was adamant. He had the possibility to earn money during this week and, if we gave him an advance, he would repay us. Readers, this is not a thing we do. Brooklyn Coop doesn’t have overdraft services and there was categorically no way we would advance funds on faith. We have to be good stewards of the community assets with which we are entrusted. Staff members cannot venture down the slippery slope of trusting some and not trusting others.
Yet the young man continued. He would repay, he had been a member for a while, he keeps his promises, he really just needs $30 for transportation to New Jersey which is where he needed to be for that work he was expecting. In listening to his story, I decided to give him the $30 out of my personal account. There really was no way Brooklyn Coop would send his account negative for this reason, but I did recognize him and I felt his desperation. If he never came back, it was an amount I was prepared to lose.
This Tuesday, he came back. He gave me $30 in my hand and thanked me. I thanked him too for coming back. And we wished each other a Merry Christmas!