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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at

Friday, March 4, 2016

"Phoning it in"/ "Employee puts duties aside to help a blind customer shop"

Feb. 16, 2016 "Phoning it in": I cut out this article by Marc and Craig Kielburger in the Edmonton Journal today.  It's about charity on your phones:

What if we could act immediately on our impulses to give and do good? Like so many other “what ifs,” there’s an app for that. We’ve “downloaded” eight innovative mobile apps that help fit world change into almost any part of your packed routine.
Let’s get started:

Moments after your mobile alarm jolts you out of bed, exercise your compassion muscles. The app donates 25 cents for each mile you run or walk to the charity of your choice

Click on the app at your front door, start running and your phone’s GPS calculates your total distance. Corporate sponsors automatically donate money to the non-profit you pre-select from a broad menu of beneficiaries, including World Wildlife Fund, Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics. 

If you’re sneaking in some shopping en route to the office – or online over a break – ensure your purchases match your values. This U.S.-based app ranks a quarter-million consumer products — from toiletries to groceries — on safety, health, environmental and ethical credentials. Search the app by category, or scan the bar code of an item with your mobile phone right on the store shelf to be a socially conscious shopper. 
Take a mid-day break and inject a little charity into the social banter between your office buddies. On this app, “Creating a Budge” means challenging your friends to an online contest of any kind. The “loser” automatically makes a small donation to a pre-selected non-profit from the app’s list of global charities, like the World Food Programme.

Marc is working on a “name-that-Canadian-’80s-song” quiz for his college gang. Spoiler alert: most of the answers are Sunglasses at Night.

Getting hungry for dinner? If it’s seafood you’re fishing for, click on the Vancouver Aquarium’s guide to 3,000 restaurants across Canada, and markets boasting fare that’s been certified as maximally healthy for both you and our oceans.

After a socially conscious dinner, ask your app-happy kids to show you how they give back with their phones via WE365—an online platform we co-created with Telus that takes screen time to a whole new level.

More than 100,000 young change makers (aka: your offspring), create and accept each other’s social-action challenges—from volunteering at food banks, to baking cupcakes for lonely neighbours. They share their thoughts on current events and social issues, like bullying and racism, and track volunteer hours for high school credit and university scholarships. Parents tell us they love that it’s a safe space, moderated around the clock and blocks offensive vocabulary.

It’s time to take your pooch to the park before bed. While strolling, you can support a local animal shelter with this app. Every mile you go helps needy creatures that don’t have a permanent place to live. The app’s U.S. creators receive a monthly pool of donations from various sponsors, and divvy up the total across North American shelters in proportion to the miles walked among registered supporters. 

There’s always decluttering to do. In a rush, it’s tempting to trash items. Instead, find the closest recycling depot using this app. It features a cool, searchable map  of 2,600 places across Canada that take everything from your old batteries and electronics, to paint and hazardous materials.

Set altruistic goals for the weekend. VolunteerMatch has an up-to-date list of local organizations that need your help with activities, such as tutoring schoolchildren, and cleaning up a local river. 

It only takes a few minutes for these apps to turn your smartphone into a social change-making machin

Feb. 17, 2016 "Lesbian Couple Leave Amazing Tip After Chef Insults Them On Valentine’s Day": I found this on Yahoo:

Two women who were enjoying their first Valentine’s Day as a couple were stunned when a chef told them it was a “waste not to have a man”.

Ellie Parker had taken her girlfriend Lucy out for a romantic meal at the Asahi Japanese Steakhouse in Lafayette, Indiana, when the chef came out to greet the guests.

Instead of leaving some cash, they wrote on the receipt: “Don’t tell lesbians they need a man on Valentine’s Day.”

Feb. 19, 2016 "Employee puts duties aside to help a blind customer shop":

This grocery store employee is putting the ‘customer’ back in ‘customer service’.

Ashlee Fujawa, the director of public relations for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, was so delighted to see an employee at Kruger helping one of his blind customers do his grocery shopping, that she snapped a photo.

“Trying not to listen and completely eavesdropping at the same time, I found out that these two know each other,” she wrote on Facebook. “Colin has helped this gentleman, who is a regular at [this store] many times.”

After sharing the story online four days ago, it received almost 50,000 ‘likes’ and over 2,000 comments commending the employee, Colin Coleman, on a job well done.

“The moment captured shows human experience, respect and someone who simply asked if they could help,” Fujawa told the Huffington Post. “Once I saw the number of ‘likes’ and then ‘shares’ jump to the thousands within a few short hours, I knew others felt the same way.”

Coleman, who’s known around the grocery store to go above and beyond, does it simply because he likes to.

“Truly, I do anything to help people,” Coleman told “The [visually impaired] usually don’t particularly want people helping them, but I wanted to help anyway.”

And due to his continuous acts of kindness, Coleman was rewarded with a customer service award. According to, that award is usually reserved for an entire department, making him the first individual to be presented with it.

“I wish I had one-hundred and twenty-five Colins doing the exact same thing because that’s what it’s all about,” said the store’s general manager, Andrew Fair. “It’s all about the customer.”

Feb. 21, 2016: This reminds that there is a blind customer that comes to my downtown restaurant and we help him by getting his big order right.

I'm getting another flashback of working at the Soup place.  There was an old man who was blind and I did help him once to go to a store.  Then another time I called a security guard to help him.  One time my friend and co-worker Ray helped him too. 


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