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Cashier pays for customer with her last $20 not knowing the move would alter her life
Ms. Rita decided to swipe her card to help the customer - even though she only had $20 in her account. That wasn't the end of it though.
Jenny Brown
08.10.21

There are many cashiers who take their big hearts and caring personalities to work with them. You know the kind. The store employees who are so friendly that they make everyone’s day brighter?

Ms. Rita Burns is one of these cashiers. She works at a Walgreens in Houston, Texas, and has a heart of gold.

YouTube - KHOU 11
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YouTube - KHOU 11

Though Ms. Rita had already proved her loving personality through her interactions with customers, she went one step further on the afternoon of September 7, when she met a customer called Rina Liou.

Speaking to KHOU about her shopping trip like no other, Rina recalled:

“I’m just going to make a dash to Walgreens. And I never go there. I go there and I get my light bulbs. And when I went to pay, my heart just sank.”

YouTube - KHOU 11
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YouTube - KHOU 11

It turned out that in her hasty dash out the door, Rina had picked up her husband’s phone instead of her wallet. She knew her husband had Apple Pay, so she stood at the checkout, trying to figure out how to use the app, growing increasingly agitated with every minute.

YouTube - KHOU 11
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YouTube - KHOU 11

But her cashier, Ms. Rita, swooped in to save the day, telling Rina that she’d pay the total for her. This was despite the fact that she’d just paid off her own bills that day, and only had $20 left in her account.

According to Ms. Rita, she could see that Rina really needed the money, and that’s why she offered to help. She recalled:

“I just looked up at God and said, I guess I’m going to do it.”

flickr - Mike Mozart
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flickr - Mike Mozart

Ms. Rita prayed there would be enough funds in her card as she used it to make Rina’s payment. Luckily, the payment went through.

Rina wasn’t the sort of person to accept charity when she didn’t need it, so she returned home, collected her wallet, and drove straight back to the Walgreens.

YouTube - KHOU 11
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YouTube - KHOU 11

Here, she returned the cash to Ms. Rita, along with a bunch of flowers and a thank-you note. She snapped a photo with Ms. Rita, then shared her story to Nextdoor.

It turned out that hundreds of locals in Houston were familiar with Ms. Rita and agreed that she was one of the kindest people they knew. One person wrote:

“Rita is the happiest, best employee that Walgreen’s has to offer in normal circumstances.”

Someone else added:

“Rita is the best!! She is such a lovely person and always remembers me by name and always asks how my mom is doing.”

There was so much mutual love and respect for Ms. Rita that a fundraiser was set up in the kind-hearted employee’s name. Part of the description read:

“Ms. Rita at Walgreens is a neighbor in the truest sense of the word. When a customer needed to buy lightbulbs in a rush but had forgotten her wallet, Ms. Rita wanted to pay “but only had $20 in [her] account.” When she realized the bulbs were 50% off, she paid without hesitation using her own debit card.”

Just over $20,500 was raised for Ms. Rita, which is a life-changing amount of money!

Pixabay - Hans Braxmeier
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Pixabay - Hans Braxmeier

Doesn’t this story just warm your soul? If you have a “Ms. Rita” in your life – maybe consider expressing your appreciation the next time you cross paths.

Watch the video below to see an interview with this lovable cashier!

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By Jenny Brown
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Jenny Brown is a senior writer at Shareably. She is based in San Francisco and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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