I was on a register and I was ringing up this mother. She was there with her four children, buying milk, bread, other assorted groceries. Her total rang up to almost 200 dollars, and she wrote a check. The check was denied, and she tried another one from another account. This one was also rejected. I asked her if she had any other way of paying for it; she said no and that she was sorry, as she walked away. Once she was out of ear shot, the woman behind her in line asked me, “How much was her total?” I told her that it was just under 200 dollars. The woman took 200 dollars out of her bag and paid for her bill in full, saying “she has four children, and she’s buying groceries; my children can do without a couple of toys.”
The cart attendant ran out to catch the mother of four before she left. When she came back into the store, she refused to accept the woman paying for her, but was only answered with “it’s already been done.” The mother’s face welled up with grateful tears as she thanked the woman.
The image of the thankful, crying family and the stoic smile of the generous woman restores my faith in humanity.
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