Rita Jackson Burns might look like an ordinary Walgreens cashier but the Texan is no ordinary woman.
Shopping without being able to pay is no pleasant thing and, as luck would have it, Houston resident Rina Liou faced this difficult experience.
“I am just going to make a dash to Walgreens and I never go there,” she said according to KHOU11. “I go there and I get my light bulbs and, when I went to pay, my heart just sank.”
Liou had mistaken her husband’s cellphone for her wallet, and struggled for several seconds to figure out how to navigate her way through the Apple Pay app.
Fortunately, Burns was serving at the cash register and offered to spend her last $20 on the complete stranger’s bill.
“I said, ‘I will go ahead and pay for it for you,'” the employee said according to the broadcaster. “I just was a little short on funds.”
Even though Burns had just paid nearly all of her wages on bills she still wanted to help the poor stranger.
“I just looked up at God and said, ‘I guess I am going to do it,'” she said.
Liou could not believe her eyes after seeing the complete stranger help her out of kindness without thinking twice.
“She saved me,” she said. “I could not believe that a stranger would do that for another stranger. Like, she did not know me [and] I did not have to come back.”
After going home she returned with the amount owed, flowers, and a thank you note to acknowledge Burns’s kindness.
To Liou’s surprise, the cashier was well-known in the community as a caring person who cheerfully lends a hand.
“Rita is the happiest, best employee that Walgreens has to offer in normal circumstances,” customer Meg said according to Shareably.
“Rita is the best! She is such a lovely person and always remembers me by name, and always asks how my mom is doing,” fellow shopper Renee said according to the publication.
“I agree with everyone. Wonderful comments about Rita,” Leslie added according to KHOU11. “She is amazing and puts a smile on my face each time I go into Walgreens. She has watched our kids grow up over the past 20+ years. She asks about them every time.”
In fact, Burns has such a big fan following they set up a Gofundme fundraiser called “Gratitude for Ms. Rita” to make sure she has more than $20 in her bank account. In a few weeks, the fundraiser attracted more than $20,500.
Burns is grateful and never expected her kindness to be repaid with money.
“I try to treat people the way I want to be treated,” she said according to the broadcaster.
“Humanity is greater than your job occupation, your status,” Liou added.
Burns revealed her aunt inspired her to help others through living in the moment and giving from the heart.
“I am just gonna give my whole heart today at whatever I do,” she said according to Chron. “Just give it away.”