Single mother was forced to put back things she couldn’t afford. Then, a stranger offered to pay for everything.

Aabha Gopan
2 min readMay 29, 2023


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Ree, a single mother, went to a local supermarket after running out of groceries and other necessities. But as she walked, she realized the cost had spiked since the last time she shopped. She realized that the bill would exceed her budget if she purchased everything she wanted. So she cut short her list and waited in line for her turn to bill things.

Despite not buying everything she needed, the bill added to an amount she couldn’t afford. She uncomfortably said in embarrassment, “put this back” or “I won’t get this” to the cashier to remove certain costly items from her bill.

“The checkout lady was amazingly calm with me [as I] asked to ‘put this back’ or said ‘I won’t get this’ … She was so kind about it,” Ree told Yahoo News. She conveyed gratitude for the cashier’s patience and understanding.

That wasn’t the only kindness Ree received that day.

A woman waiting in the queue behind Ree had seen the whole ordeal and offered to pay for her. The stranger stepped in and volunteered to pay for everything Ree got, although the latter said it wasn’t necessary.

“I shared my situation with her, and she said she knew how it felt to not be able to afford for things in the past,” Ree shared. The single mother cried at the stranger’s kindness and thanked her.

Recently, a woman created an uproar on the internet after she compared an old bill with her latest one and observed a severe increase in the costs of things. Meanwhile, another woman made headlines after discovering she was paying more but getting less. The size of things she purchased decreased, but their cost still increased!

Understanding inflation, many people cut back on their expenses according to the economic situation. But they still noticed their bills go up, and many now rely on their savings.

The price of everyday essentials has climbed by 9.1% since early 2021 and June 2022 after the Federal Reserve increased rates to combat inflation. This is the highest rate in 40 years, and the people residing in the country are struggling to make ends meet.

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Aabha Gopan

Loving human minds while changing my toddler's diaper.