When a grandmother’s credit card is declined at the grocery store, a stranger paid the bill, asking only for prayer in return. And now, the family of 89-year-old Marilyn Oettinger wants to find the angel she showed so much compassion to.
Marilyn Oettinger, 89, joined a group of seniors on a run to the grocery store. Her husband had recently passed away and this was one of the few unassisted outings she had done since.
Marilyn carefully selects the items she needs and then walks over to the register to pay. And that’s when something completely unexpected happens!
Help when a widow’s credit card is declined
The widow presents the teller with her only means of payment. And when her credit card is declined, Marilyn reels.
This credit card is the only one she and her husband have. It’s the only one they’ve used. The problem, however, is that the card is in the name of Marilyn’s late husband. And after his death, unbeknownst to his widow, the bank canceled the card.
“There I was,” says the woman’s daughter, Margie, “confused, shocked, embarrassed. And this guy rescued her.”
Behind Marilyn was a complete stranger. But this man steps forward and says, “Don’t worry. I’ll take care of your shopping.
Without hesitation, the man pays the $109 grocery bill for the woman whose credit card is declined. And no matter how hard she tries, the grateful grandma can’t get the stranger’s contact information so she can reimburse him later.
“She tried to get the name from her,” says Margie, “but he said ‘No. Just say a prayer for me.’”
And the stranger left, satisfied with his good deed.
The act of kindness inspires others
Hearing about this incredible act of kindness deeply touched Marilyn Oettinger’s family, as well as other shoppers who witnessed the good deed.
“That gives me the creeps,” one woman replies.
Marilyn’s family is desperately searching for the Good Samaritan who came to the rescue. And they have already honored his request by saying several prayers for him.
“We’re trying to find it,” says Margie Oettinger. “And even if he doesn’t want to show up, we hope he knows that we’re incredibly grateful.”
It can be such an awkward and unsettling time when someone’s credit card is declined. But the grace and compassion this stranger showed reminds us that there is still plenty of good left in this world.