Moving is stressful. Moving across the country? Don’t get me started! So much has to happen in such a short amount of time that it’s not a surprise when something gets overlooked. Packing, shipping, closing old accounts, opening new ones, getting things ready for the trip…the list goes on for miles! But one thing that many people completely overlook? Calling the bank. And with all of those changes going on at once, the first thing they do is put a hold on your card! One family found themselves in this terrible situation…but were rescued by the kindest stranger!
I recently had a new colleague start at work. She moved to town from Colorado and had just been here for a month. She shared this story that must be shared.
Her family was in the process of moving into their new home. During this time a lot of activity was taking place on their bank account. This sent a red flag to their bank. The bank tried to call them but they were in the process of switching phones so the bank put a stop on their account.
My friend, not aware of this, went grocery shopping. After going to the register they were shocked to see their method of payment was stopped. No cash, no way to get cash, they were not sure what to do.
Without blinking an eye or asking any questions, the lady in front of them placed her card in the machine and paid for their groceries. They tried to get her name to repay her, the lady said not to worry about it and told them to have a nice day. She had no look of judgment, just a smile and left the store.
My friend and her family left – dumbfounded. Nothing like this had ever been done for them before.
Two weeks later my friends took their little boy out for his birthday. They went to a nearby Mexican restaurant. After being seated, their waitress came up to their table.. It was the kind smiling lady who had paid for their groceries! They all had a big laugh, and for a tip? Yep – the amount of cash she paid for their groceries plus much more than her 20 percent, and a new friend!
The best part about this story is that they were able to pay her back. It’s such a relatable problem, too! This could have been any one of us on a trip, traveling across state lines, spending money in places we wouldn’t normally go…notifying the bank is usually very far down on our list of things to remember! What a way to be welcomed into a new community! 🙂
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