Whether you shop at ASDA, Aldi, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl, M&S or Sainsbury’s, chances are, at some point or another, you’ll come across somebody struggling to pay for their shopping.
That’s exactly what happened to one shopper when she popped to the supermarket on her lunchbreak – but the response she got left her horrified.
On Reddit, she revealed how she noticed the woman had come up short on her bill at the supermarket till.
Keen to help her out, the shopper stepped in and offered to cover the extra cost, but was left in shock when the mum then added a bottle of wine and steak to the basket.
The woman was baffled by the move and told the mum that she wouldn’t pay for the expensive goods, forcing her to leave them behind.
Following the debacle, the woman’s colleagues told her that she should have agreed to pay the rest of the bill anyway, prompting her to feel guilty.
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Writing on Reddit, the woman explained: “I was in line at the grocery store on my lunch break with a couple of co-workers.
“The woman in front of me at check out, baby in tow, came up short on her bill. I was happy to cover the extra because we’ve all been through tough times.
“She was super appreciative and I was happy to do it. Then she said, “Oh, actually, can I just get one more thing? I hadn’t because I didn’t know if I could cover what’s in my cart, but—“ and I told her no problem.
“Most of her cart was staple items like oatmeal and baby food, so I figured she was getting some eggs or something.
“She came back with a fairly expensive bottle of wine and a prime rib.
“I declined to pay for that and said if she wanted a basic staple I was happy to pay for that. She got upset saying I had bait and switched her. But the line had to keep moving so she checked out without those other items and that was that.
“Once the situation was over, my co-workers said they thought I was wrong to make the offer and not follow through. Because it wasn’t my place to judge what she was getting, once I’d offered it, I’d offered it.
“Now I’m conflicted. Did I do the wrong thing by telling her what she could and couldn’t buy?”
Redditors flocked to assure the woman that she hadn’t acted unreasonably by refusing to pay for the steak and wine, reports the Mirror.
One commenter wrote: “That’s an impressive amount of audacity right there. I was truly expecting this woman to run back for a can or two of formula but prime rib and wine??”
The woman who refused to pay for the extra shopping, responded: “It’s more so the principle of the thing.
“That’s another reason I was conflicted about saying no is that I did have the money to cover the additional items.
“But it’s one thing to put food in the mouth of a hungry baby and another to get a stranger a fancy dinner.”
A third added: “Kindness is not weakness and she learned that to her cost.”
“She was obviously trying to abuse your generosity. Those are expensive items, if it was like a package of cookies or something I could understand but that is ridiculous. Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” wrote another.