“I Got This.” “Are You Sure? Do You See the Amount?” “Yes, You’re Good. Merry Christmas”

On New Year’s Eve 2013, with her husband unemployed, Maria Arias needed to pinch pennies. She said, “I don’t go and buy $200 or $300 worth of groceries. I make a menu and buy what I need.” She went to the Walmart on Highway 210 in Spring Lake, North Carolina, and came up short on money to pay her bill for groceries. She said, “I pulled out my debit card and I swiped it, and it declined it. So I did it as a credit, and it was declined.” Fortunately, a woman in line in back of her swiped her own card and said, “I got this.” Ms. Arias said, “I was like, ‘Are you sure? Do you see the amount?’ And she said, ‘Yes, you’re good. Merry Christmas.’ I was kind of flabbergasted and I thanked her, gave her a hug.” She added, “It’s very rare that you come across people, especially the younger generation, that is just willing to do something of that sort. It’s not like it was for $20. It was for almost $64.” She did not get the woman’s name. She said, “I would love to meet you again and get to know you better. Obviously you are someone I would want in my life because you are compassionate and a caring woman, and a lot of people need to know who you are.”

For Further Information: Heather Waliga, “GOOD SAMARITAN PAYS FOR STRUGGLING STRANGER’S GROCERIES AT WALMART.” WTVD (Durham, North Carolina). 3 January 2014


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