Stranger pays it forward
A BUNDABERG woman left a routine grocery shop with a big smile on her face after experiencing a random act of kindness from a stranger this week.
Emma List posted a message on the NewsMail Facebook page thanking the kind stranger who helped pay for her groceries at Cornetts IGA in Woongarra St on Tuesday morning.
"When I went to pay for my groceries the young cashier said 'the Paramedic who I just served gave me $20 to pay for the next person's groceries'- which was me," the post said.
"I was shocked and surprised. I said that's nice love but I have my own money to pay, thanks anyway. He said, 'I gave the Paramedic my word that I would do this'."
The paramedic left the IGA before Ms List had the opportunity to thank him - which spurred the Facebook post on the NewsMail page.
"...I would like say a massive thank you to this wonderful paramedic. You made my week and restored my faith that there are still kind-hearted people in the world without wanting anything in return," she said.
Facebook users from around the region were quick to comment on the post, with the mother of the young cashier involved in the transaction also posting her gratitude.
"This is wonderful because the young cashier was my son Cameron Riley. When he came home and told us this little story, we were so proud of him," Debbie Russell said.
Ms List in not the only person who has been subject to a random act of kindness. Childers woman Sherrin Ham also spoke to the NewsMail about her most recent experience.
"My family and I have only just moved here recently and about three weeks ago we went to the IGA in Childers and my daughter really wanted a chocolate," she said.
"The IGA staff gave my daughter a free chocolate because a local man who shops regularly there always buys a chocolate for the next child who comes into the store."
Ms Ham said the kind gesture made her feel welcomed in the community.
"It was a really lovely thing to do. It definitely made me smile," she said.