About 13 or 14 years ago, I was picking up a few tins in a B&M in central Illinois. A nicely dressed gentleman was looking at pipes and tobaccos. He said he used to smoke pipes but had smoked cigars only for a few years. He wanted to take up the pipe again and asked my opinion about several blends. A few weeks later, same B&M, same gent. He asked me about a short, bent bulldog by Karl Erik. " Would you smoke a pipe like this", he asked. I said I would and it looked a nice pocket pipe. He checked out. A few minutes later, I took my selections up to pay and the clerk started to pit the Karl Erik pipe in my bag. I told him it was a mistake. He told me the other gent paid for it in appreciation for my jelp a few weeks prior.
I still smoke that pipe regularly and thik about those two chance meetings. I never saw him again to thank him for his kindness.