@@ Woman Kindly Pays For Man’s Groceries Without Realizing It’s Keith Urban

 

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Woman kindly pays for man’s groceries without realizing it’s Keith Urban
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Acts of kindness are something we really need more of in the world. It doesn’t take that much effort to help others, and the payoff is absolutely worth it. Not only do you get to make another person’s day better, but you also have the chance of running into someone famous as this woman discovered.

Familiar faces

Considering how often people visit convenience stores, it’s not out of the question to bump into someone that you recognize. After all, if everyone who lives in the area goes there, then you’re bound to see the same faces again and again.

Familiar faces

However, it’s not often that the person you recognize is someone worth millions of dollars. Usually, celebrities are too busy selling records or walking red carpets to go shopping like an ordinary citizen.

It happened at Wawa

Ruth Reed was shopping at a Wawa in New Jersey one day when she had her surprise encounter. The convenience store chain can be found all across the east coast, with locations in places like Pennsylvania and Maryland.

It happened at Wawa

However, out of all 800+ stores, it was this one on Route 541 that Ruth used to buy her groceries. There was nothing particularly special about the store; it was just the nearest one to her house. However, it was destined to be the place where she’d have the most unforgettable experience.

Low on funds

Reed’s encounter came while she was at the checkout, and she heard a man struggling to pay. According to the retired teacher, he was trying to use his card, but it wasn’t working. When he went to pay with cash instead, he realized that he was a few dollars short.

Low on funds

It was an unfortunate situation, and he had to make a decision there on the spot. So, he turned to someone else and asked if they could spare him any money. That was when Ruth jumped in to help.

Happy to help

Usually, if you can’t afford to buy something, you put it back. This shopper could have easily returned the groceries they couldn’t afford and just paid for the ones they had the money for.

Happy to help

However, he clearly didn’t want to part ways with anything he’d brought to the checkout, hence why he asked for some financial help. Ruth was more than happy to throw him a line, which is why she volunteered her own money. Little did she know exactly who she was giving her cash to, though.

Celebrity lookalike

After the shopper finished his business at the checkout, he thanked Ruth for her assistance. At that point, things were starting to fit into place, and she realized that she recognized the man. She couldn’t think of who he was at first, but when he offered his first name, it suddenly hit her – Keith Urban.

Celebrity lookalike

At least, that was who the man looked like. It surely couldn’t have been the country singer himself because why wouldn’t he be able to afford a few groceries? It didn’t make any sense.

The real deal

When Ruth asked the man if people ever said that he looked like Keith Urban, she received the surprise of her life. The shopper told her that he was the country singer, as bizarre as that might have seemed.

The real deal

Reed was stunned, to say the least, and she was hesitant to take him at his word. After all, how often do you encounter a celebrity in a convenience store? Surely Urban had people who could do his shopping for him, rather than the singer having to buy his groceries himself.

A stroke of bad luck

It’s not often that a man worth millions struggles to pay for a few groceries. However, it seems that luck just wasn’t on Urban’s side that day. Although he might have a lot in the bank, he only had about $10 on him.

A stroke of bad luck

That wasn’t enough to cover the cost of his shopping, although he’d presumably intended to pay for everything on his card. It’s how most people buy things nowadays because it’s so much easier. Unfortunately, as Ruth pointed out, his card stopped working when he needed it most.

Not convinced

Despite Keith’s insistence that he was the country singer Ruth remembered, the retired teacher wasn’t quick to believe him. She figured that the man was just leading her on because he looked so much like the celebrity. So, Reed pressed him for answers, asking him where Nicole Kidman was.

Not convinced

It was a reasonable question to ask, given that the Hollywood actress is married to the country singer. However, not a lot of couples go grocery shopping together, so the lack of Kidman wasn’t necessarily proof that the shopper was lying.

It all clicked

Although Ruth had been full of doubts at first, she came around when she realized that Keith was accompanied by a bodyguard. How many lookalikes go around with someone watching their back like that? When she saw the bodyguard, she apparently “fell apart” and apologized for doubting Urban.

It all clicked

Thankfully, the country star wasn’t offended and understood where Reed was coming from. If he’d been in her position, he probably would have had his reservations too. You just don’t encounter celebrities down on their luck in convenience stores like that.

Country superstar

It’s not surprising that Reed recognized Keith Urban because the singer is a pretty big deal in the States. He’s had a string of number-one albums on the U.S. country charts, some of which have also topped the Billboard 200 too.

Country superstar

He’s also had a lot of number-one singles as well, with many of them also charting relatively high on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s here that the singer has had most of his success, despite spending a lot of his life in Australia and New Zealand.

More than enough money

According to Country Living, the Grammy-award winning artist has around $75 million to his name. That doesn’t include his wife’s net worth, which is believed to be roughly $120 million, meaning the couple is reasonably well off.

More than enough money

With that in mind, you’d think that the singer would never struggle to pay for his groceries. However, it seems things just didn’t work out in his favor that day. At least the star asked for financial help and didn’t demand that the cashier let him off because of who he was.

Eager to do it

Considering how successful Urban’s career is, you wouldn’t think the singer would have enough time to go out and buy groceries. However, it seems Keith is always happy to take the time to go shopping.

Eager to do it

That’s because he doesn’t trust other people to buy things for him as they tend to get the wrong stuff. If he wants to ensure that he gets the right groceries, he has to do it himself. Plus, it gives him a chance to go out and feel like an ordinary citizen again.

Nothing out of the ordinary

Keith was incredibly grateful for Ruth’s help in the convenience store, and he made sure to thank her for her kindness. When the singer spoke with the retired teacher, he soon discovered that this kind of thing is something that Reed regularly does.

Nothing out of the ordinary

Apparently, the woman picks up people’s tabs on a weekly basis, and she’s been doing that for several years now. Urban was amazed by her selflessness, and he wanted to commemorate their time together. He felt lucky to have met such a generous woman.

Selfish actions

Accepting compliments isn’t always the easiest thing to do, especially when you have a heart as big as Ruth’s. Although her actions were very clearly compassionate, the retired teacher tried to claim that they came from a selfish place.

Selfish actions

She said that she does this stuff because it makes herself feel good, which isn’t a bad reason to be so generous. After all, no-one should feel ashamed because they benefit from making another person’s day better. They’re still doing something kind, no matter the intention behind their actions.

Photo evidence

If you were to tell your friends and family that you met a celebrity at a convenience store, would they believe you? To ensure that none of Ruth’s loved ones doubted their encounter, Keith posed for a photo with the retired teacher.

Photo evidence

Anyone who questioned if she’d really given the man money at the checkout would be able to see that she wasn’t telling lies. Of course, given Reed’s reputation as a kind and generous woman, it’s unlikely anyone would have questioned her story anyway.

Lucky Keith

When the photo went online, it quickly caused a frenzy. People couldn’t believe the retired teacher had met someone as famous as Keith Urban, and in a Wawa of all places. The fact that such a big star shopped at the convenience star gave plenty of people a new appreciation for him.

Lucky Keith

However, the funny thing was that a lot of the commenters seemed to think Urban was the lucky one in this encounter. One even wrote that he was fortunate to “meet one of the nicest ladies in Medford.”

All over the news

As the photo began to gain ground online, it was soon picked up by news stations both near and far. CBS filmed a short segment and spoke to Ruth about what happened, prompting other stations to follow their lead.

All over the news

Surprisingly, a lot of interest seemed to come from Australia, with many people wanting an opportunity to hear from the retired teacher. One of these was a producer from the breakfast radio show ‘The Kyle & Jackie O Show’ who was interested in hearing what Reed had to say about the encounter.

Free coffee for everyone

Eager to celebrate Ruth’s generosity, Wawa decided to offer customers free coffee at their store on Route 541. They wanted to show that acts of kindness can have a lot of benefits, no matter how big or small they might be.

Free coffee for everyone

Presumably, the chain was hopeful that an incentive like this would inspire other people to do something nice when given a chance. They might not have the opportunity to help out someone like Keith Urban, but they’d still get to prove they have a heart as big as Reed’s.

Fond memories

When some of the locals heard about what Ruth had done, they weren’t surprised. After all, they were familiar with this woman, so they knew that her act of kindness was nothing out of the ordinary for her.

Fond memories

Some of them had fond memories of Reed from when she’d been their elementary school teacher, and the story proved that she hadn’t changed in all those years. From the sounds of it, there isn’t a single bad bone in Ruth’s body, and it’s been that way practically her whole life.

It’s what teachers do

Several people thought that the reason why Ruth did such kind things was because of her past as a teacher. Usually, when someone decides to dedicate their career to assisting children, it’s because they have a huge heart.

It’s what teachers do

As Hanna Hurley wrote on social media, “Teachers just can’t help themselves” – they just need to be there for others. With Reed now retired, she needed a way to continue giving back to people. Thankfully, she soon found another way to do that by covering people’s tabs at the convenience store.

Inspiring a song

People were so impressed by what Ruth had done that some of them even wrote songs about the retired teacher. Carly Tefft, an aspiring country singer-songwriter, performed a track that had been influenced by the events at Wawa.

Inspiring a song

It just goes to show how a little act of kindness can go a long way. Not only did Reed make Keith’s day better by helping him buy his groceries, but she also inspired others all around the world. She had the kind of impact that she’d never have believed was possible.

Already paid for

Ruth had never been afraid to take money out of her pocket to pay for other people’s tabs. However, after her generosity went viral, she soon found that she no longer needed to use her own money to do good deeds.

Already paid for

That’s because Mastercard got in touch and told her that they wished to give her a year’s supply of prepaid cards. They tweeted that her “next 52 acts of kindness are on us,” alongside the hashtag “StartSomethingPriceless.” Reed was understandably thrilled that people were so supportive of her generosity.

Following her example

Although many of us know that we should do good deeds, it’s easy to forget sometimes just how important they are. We get so caught up in our own problems that we can lose track of how much better we might have it than others.

Following her example

Thankfully, people like Ruth remind us that putting someone else first every now and again can feel good. Her kindness has inspired plenty of others to follow in her footsteps, including one person who paid for an elderly woman’s dinner after seeing Reed’s story.

A positive impact

Knowing that others have been inspired by her kindness is all that Ruth really wanted out of this experience. When her story went viral, she didn’t care about becoming famous. The only thing that mattered was seeing her generosity have such a significant impact across the globe.

A positive impact

She’s hopeful that this good deed will continue to influence others for many years to come so that the world might eventually become a better place. With all the turmoil happening right now, we could do with a reason to smile.

Out of the blue

When Ruth entered Wawa on that day, she never imagined the events that would soon transpire. For all she knew, this trip to the convenience store wasn’t going to be any different than usual.

Out of the blue

Thankfully, after doing her shopping, she encountered Keith Urban at the checkout, and her life changed for the better. Reed got the chance to both help someone in need and meet a celebrity at the same time, and that’s a moment she’ll never forget. Here’s hoping that Keith shares that feeling.

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