- A woman inspired South Africans with a story that captured the true essence of the Christmas spirit
- The lady, Joy Ngwana Shila, revealed an unidentified gentleman surprised her by paying for her groceries
- Shila said although she had money to pay for her items, the man's simple act of kindness inspired her
A woman took to the #ImStaying Facebook page to detail how a kind stranger made her Christmas just a little more special.
The lady, Joy Ngwana Shila, detailed how an unidentified man showed her kindness without expecting anything in return.
Shila was standing in line to pay for her groceries at a Spar in Centurion, Briefly.co.za learned. The cashier almost scanned her items with the man standing in front of her and she stopped her.
The man then said the cashier should scan Shila's groceries with his 2-litre Coke so that he could pay for everything.
Her post read:
"Never in my life would I have thought that this could happen to me... So I was at Spar (Panorama-Centurion) waiting in line to pay for my groceries. I was standing behind this gentleman and he was just buying a 2-litre Coke.
"The cashier mistakenly almost scanned my things along with his but I stopped her in time. We all laughed and all of the sudden the gentleman said: 'You know what, scan them also, I'll pay for it.'
"I couldn't believe my ears, I kept asking 'Really sir?' and he just said 'Yes, I'll pay for it. All you have to do is have a lovely Christmas.' "
Shila said it was not that she did not have money to pay for the items, but the man's gesture restored her faith in humanity.
She ended her post by writing:
"This was bigger than just paying for my groceries. This was something really big for me... so big that I have no word to describe it. God Bless this gentleman, I believe he is a #Stayer. I was so in shock I didn't even get his name, nor take a picture with him. I am still in awe... #ImStaying."
The story inspired South Africans who expressed their two cents' worth in the comment section.
Vanessa Genade Grobbelaar commented:
"No picture needed. God knows who he is."
Carol Richardson said:
"Love that he did it without wanting recognition! Thanks sir for your gift of love!"
Maggie da Silva wrote:
"You're truly blessed - there are such wonderful and caring people in this world!"
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