This older man cut in line while waiting in the queue to pay for groceries. He did not seem to be aware of what he was doing.

The person he jumped in the queue on did not complain anything, only kept his distance.

When it came time for the man to pay, he took a small notepad from his back pocket but no money. He’d left his wallet at home.

He appeared unhappy and ashamed. The person he had bypassed stepped forward and informed the cashier that they would pay for his groceries (only milk and chocolate chip cookies).

The elderly man was extremely grateful. He thanked them quietly and walked away.

The cashier inquired of the customers at the register: “He cut you off and you paid for his groceries.. Why??”

They smiled and replied: “I hope that if one day my Dad forgets his wallet, someone will step up and buy his Milk and Cookies.” 

Kindness goes a long way, not only for the recipient but the giver as well. Why not pay it forward?

That story of kindness was posted on Facebook on April 25 by Newsner, and it received many shares and praise from Facebook users.

One user, namely Katrina Mountain, also shared her own story: “Around Christmas, I paid for a lady’s groceries (she was in front of me in the checkout line) when her check card was declined. She looked so distressed. About the time customer service was going to see about running her card as a credit instead of a debit.

“I stepped up and said, ‘Don’t worry about it—here’s my check card. Put her bill on this card.’ The lady was so grateful, she started crying. I told her over and over not to worry about it—I was glad to be able to do it.

“The whole time, I was thinking about my mom, about how badly I would feel if my mom was ever in that situation, and I hope someone would help her out if she was. It had nothing to do with the lady herself—it had everything to do with my mom.”

User MaryLyn Martin recalled: “When I worked back booth at McDonalds, every once in a while someone would pay for the order of the car next in line. One day that continued for nine cars!”

Commentator Charlsie Whitehead wrote: “I have seen this happen many times before. I worked as a cashier for years. Still does my heart good to see this in times like these.”

Another Facebook user Jean Mohilo commented: “This cutting in line issue has happened to me several times as well. Health issues make it hard for me to wait in line as it is. In my experience most of the time the person is elderly. They are distracted and focused on getting out of the store. They don’t mean to be rude by cutting in. Take the high road…waiting for one more person to check out ahead of you is a small act of kindness anyone can afford.”

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