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"Grocery angel" pays for purchase for local woman


  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 01:33 pm

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Dear Editor,

I was shopping at No Frills on March 14 during the start of a busy time (supper) when I went to the till excited and eager to pay for my purchases, only to find the chip in my card wouldn’t work.

I was embarrassed, as I was tying up the line and the conveyor belt with my unpaid merchandise and all four cashiers were busy with customers, trying to keep the flow of other shoppers moving as steadily as possible.

The cashier suspended my transaction and moved me to another till, only to find my chip wouldn’t work in that machine either.

I excused myself from the line, left my cart parked at the end of the conveyor belt and dialed the number on the back of my card. I was on hold for eight minutes, but it seemed like eternity, and the man on the other end of my phone informed me that yes, my chip was damaged and I would need to go to the nearest bank and obtain a new card.

I got up and made my way to the cashier where my groceries were to inform her that I would run to the bank to get a new card, and the cashier informed me that my groceries had been paid for.

I was a little confused, as I wanted to make sure I heard her correctly, and she again informed me that someone had paid for my groceries.

This wasn’t as simple as the pay-it-forward type of Tim Hortons typical $1.64 for a medium coffee, my groceries were $83.52. I got emotional, my throat tightened up and a lump formed, I began to cry and couldn’t see through my tears.

I was overwhelmed with emotion, I can’t explain it. I asked the lady again if the person was nearby so I could thank them, and she said that they had already left the store.

To my special grocery angel, thank you for the generous gift, it was very thoughtful of you and I wanted to let you know how much it was appreciated.

Angels truly exist and you are definitely one of them, and there is a special place in heaven for people like you. From the bottom of my heart, I truly thank you. I will always remember your kindness and generosity.

Angela Froess,



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