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Stranger pays Mid-South mother's grocery tab in random act of kindness

By Ben Watson - bio | email

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - A checkout line became a place of inspiration when a total stranger picked up the tab for a Mid-South woman's groceries.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Deirdre Oglesby headed to Kroger to pick up groceries.  

When she reached the checkout, Oglesby realized she had left her debit card in her truck.  

"I didn't have my debit card, so I asked the lady if she could just hold my stuff for a minute and let me run out to the truck," she said.

It hardly took a minute for her to return to the checkout with her debit card. But when she tried to pay the cashier, Oglesby was told her groceries had already been paid for.

"And she's like, 'No. Somebody has paid for them, and she said to tell you that an angel was watching over you," Oglesby said.

The act of kindness overwhelmed Oglesby and practically everyone else in the store.

"Yes! Yes, because when the cashier told me, she had tears in her eyes 'cause she was so overwhelmed by what the lady had done," she said.

Oglesby had tears in her eyes, too, touched by the kindness of a stranger.

She said the only thing the cashier could tell her about the good samaritan was that she was a middle-aged woman with gray hair.

"So, she said that the lady had told her that someone had done this for her, and she was kind of paying it forward," she said.

As the founder of, a community-based Web site for families with children, Oglesby is no stranger to reaching out to people. But she says the way the good samaritan reached out to her makes her want to reach out even more.

"I was shocked, but I guess I will be looking for an opportunity to pay it forward myself now," she said.

Oglesby says the anonymous angel taught her a lesson that she plans to pass on to her three children. "Very good idea, and it shows that there's a lot of positivity here in Memphis, even though it's not shown every day."


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