Letter - Mystery man saved the day

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Hi, I just wanted to share my story of a random act of kindness that happened on Monday February 24 at around 5pm in Morrisons on Dewsbury Road.

Having picked my four year old son up from school, and looking after my three year old niece for a couple of hours after a hard day’s work, in my wisdom I thought it would be ok to go shopping for a few bits.

Unfortunately they were both being ratbags, so I was already stressed out, and when I finally got to the checkout and put my card in to pay the £97 I owed: Card error! I tried another card: Again, card error! Oh no!

I didn’t have my purse, just those two cards and some cash, so I handed the cashier £80, which meant I was now £17 short. The cashier said that the machines were playing up, so perhaps I should nip to the cashpoint, and she offered to watch the kids while I ran out ..... So, I did (worried about leaving them with a complete stranger though!) and got £20 out. I returned to rectify the situation and discovered that, to my dismay, I had only given her £70 cash, so I was still £7 short!

I just wanted the ground to swallow me up and just had to get out of there. I have never been so embarrassed, and I dared not even look at the huge queue that was forming behind me. I started fumbling around giving items back, when the man behind me in the queue (who had watched the whole performance) handed the cashier a tenner and said, ‘Here, take this.”

I looked at him in shock and said, “Thank you so much! I will meet you outside when I go back to the cashpoint,” but he said, “Don’t bother, it’s absolutely fine”! I can’t even remember what I said; I did thank him but was in so much of a flap and close to tears that I had to leg it!

So to that true gent, I just wanted to say thank you so much for your kind generosity. You’re a diamond and you have restored my faith in humanity, you saw someone in need and stepped in!

It may not seem a great deal of money, but to me, at that time, it meant the world.

Not many people would do that nowadays. I’d like to think I would, and I’m sure one day something similar will happen to somebody else and I’ll be able to ‘pay it forward’.

And if you were single, kind sir, I’d love to take you out for a drink!

Name and address supplied

(and withheld for fear of further embarrassment)