Young bagger pays for struggling grandma’s $137 grocery bill

bagger pays for woman's groceries

  • H-E-B bagger Maria Balboa was doing her job one day when an elderly customer couldn’t afford all her groceries.
  • When the woman decided to just keep whatever she needed for dinner, Maria felt the urge to pay for her bill.
  • Maria later found out that the woman, who was struggling to feed her daughter’s kids, wrote a grateful note about her generosity.

When a bagger encountered a customer who couldn’t afford her groceries, she decided to help her out by paying her bill.

College student Maria Balboa also works as a bagger at the H-E-B in Corpus Christi, TX.

Last Monday, she encountered an elderly customer with two little boys.

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When the bill came up, the woman realized that she only had $19 left on her SNAP card. The remaining total was $137.

Since she couldn’t afford the rest of her groceries, the woman decided to put back most of her groceries and just keep whatever she needed for dinner that night.

Maria said she heard a voice inside her head telling her to “pay for the groceries.” And so she did!

The woman tried to refuse, but Maria insisted. Maria admitted that “$137 was quite a bit of money,” but she thought that she would just get it back on payday, while the elderly woman might not.

When Maria was called into the manager’s office on her next shift, she was worried that she was in trouble. Instead, she found out that the woman she helped had written about her generosity in a survey:

Photo Credit: Maria Balboa

The woman wrote that she had been struggling to provide for her two grandkids, while working a low-paying job to keep the siblings out of foster care.

She recounted, “I was ashamed not having enough money and she insisted to pay for them. Today she made me cry but happy tears. Thank you from the heart for [your] kindness. … It’s been very tough but God put this young lady at the bagging area for us. I wish I could have gotten her name.”

Store manager Mark Moeller reimbursed Maria for her good deed and also gave her a goody basket.

The woman’s notes also made Maria emotional, so she shared the note in a Facebook post detailing the whole story.

“Hearing her words made me realize that it’s small things like paying for groceries that can help people out in ways we don’t even know,” Maria wrote.

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She then gave everyone some words to live by: “Always be kind and do a good deed for someone when you can. It can be something as simple as holding the door open for a stranger or complimenting them. Good things done always come back in ways we may not even realize. Always be good to the people around you, because you never know what someone else might have going on. Thank you for reading and be kind!”

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