Canberra mum thanks kind stranger at her local Woolworths who stepped in to help when her bank card was declined.

Single mum of two, Fiona Crispin, shared how money had been debited from her account a week earlier than expected, leaving her a little short when it came to paying for her shopping.

A panicking, Ms Crispin, was trying to cut down her grocery bill when young Hamish Flanagan stepped in to help, shares Canberra Times.

“He just walked up and pulled money out of his wallet and said ‘Here, use this’,” Ms Crispin, a disability pensioner, said.

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“He didn’t know anything that was going on, it was just amazingly kind.”

Mr Flanagan, a 20-year-old full-time Woolworths employee who was manning the self service checkouts on Tuesday, said he didn’t think twice about stepping in to help a stranger.

He’d noticed Ms Crispin’s groceries carried discount price tags and recalled his own single mum working hard to make ends meet.

He said it was the Charnwood way.

“Everyone at Charnwood, we all pitch in when we have to and when we want to,” he said.

“It’s a very good community. We have a constant amount of regulars that come in and we always have a really good chat and a joke here and there. It’s just a great place to work, really.”

Ms Crispin posted Mr Flanagan’s act of kindness to the Canberra Notice Board Facebook group.

Ms Crispin said she taught her 12-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter to be kind to everyone and had hoped her story would inspire others to do the same.

“It doesn’t take much to be kind, even if you’re having a bad day,” she said.

“I think the world would be a lot happier if people helped each other a bit more and weren’t in such a rush to do everything and actually looked out for each other.”

A very touching story. It really helps restore your faith in humanity reading posts like this.

Share your comments below.

  • Great act of kindness on this young man’s part and so wonderful that he is receiving recognition for what he did.


  • What an awesome thing to do! The world needs more kind people like him


  • A generous and community minded act by this young man. Well done to him for be selfless and for making a difference.


  • It’s nice to hear about the kindness of people. Paying it forward is such a lovely thing.


  • lovely gesture!


  • So nice of this man. It shows how people can be kind and take care of others in moments of need. Well done. :-)


  • What a beautiful story. This young mans mother raised him well.


  • A wonderful act of kindness!


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