A mother-of three was brought to tears after the kindness of a stranger meant she could afford her weekly shop.
Beth Nelson, who hails from Denton, Tameside, was teary-eyed on TikTok as she spoke about how she could not afford her weekly food shop for her family-of-four.
The young mother explained that she’d approached the checkout when she realised she would not have enough to pay the £41.65 bill for her family’s food.
The distressed mother was contemplating what items from her already small but necessary food shop she would have to put back, when the kind stranger came to her aid.
A visibly emotional Beth shared on TikTok how a good Samaritan came forward to pay for her shopping, telling her that just because she is struggling currently, does not mean she is a bad parent.
Beth Nelson (pictured) struggled to recant the story of how she was unable to pay for her family’s shopping. She told viewers she had to ‘run home to cry’
Positioning her camera to the few items she was able to get for just over £40, the mother-of-three sobbed: ‘I have literally had to run home to cry.’
Teary-eyed Beth told her TikTok following of around 18,800 that everyone in the checkout line began to stare at her, as she realised she was short of money for her shop.
In a video that now has over 140,000 views, the mother-of-three wept: ‘I got to the till and I didn’t even have enough. People were staring at me.’
The struggling mother began to weigh up what essential items her family would need more.
Fortunately for Ms Nelson, a shopper who reportedly had previously been in a similar position stepped up to help with the bill.
But when the kind stranger asked Ms Nelson for a conversation outside, the mother-of-three feared the worst.
She became anxious that the woman would tell her off when she set foot outside the supermarket, or worse, hurl abusive language and names at her.
But to the mother’s surprise, the charitable stranger wanted to offer some encouraging words.
The struggling mother-of-three was left embarrassed as fellow shoppers stared when she did not have enough for the weekly shop for her and her three children
Ms Nelson had to hold back her tears as she revealed a kind stranger offered to pay for her shopping, whilst also reassuring her that she is not a bad mother despite her struggles
She even handed Ms Nelson some money to help the family get through the remainder of the week.
Managing to catch her breath whilst also temporarily pausing her sobbing, Beth said: ‘The woman was really nice.’
The mother-of-three continued: ‘She gave me a massive hug and said that she had been in the same position before.’
Doing her utmost to hold back her tears, Ms Nelson added: She reminded me that just because I am struggling at the moment does not mean that I am a bad mum.’
The woman shared with Beth that there are parents who can empathise with her plight as they too have been in a similar situation.
Beth recounted how the kind stranger reminded her how many people had been in the exact same predicament as she had at the supermarket till.
People flooded the mother-of-three’s comment section sharing their own financially precarious experiences.
One wrote: ‘I know this too well. I have to make £20 stretch for me and my son every week. I go without so he doesn’t you’re a great mum, doing her best.’
Another chimed in: ‘Know this feeling too well. Currently on day three of not eating myself so my kids eat, and have gas and electric. Hope things look up for you soon.’
People flocked to the comments to offer their support to the struggling mother-of-three, with an outpouring of similar experiences from many commentors
One person shared how they ‘cried for weeks’, after a woman bought them nappies because they failed to realise they did not have enough on their bank card for them.
Others uplifted the mother-of-three, with one commenting: ‘Please never ever think you are a bad mum for struggling. You are doing your best for your family and that is all you can do.’
Some called the charitable stranger ‘one of God’s angels’, with many encouraging the the mother-of-three to pass the kindness on.
One user wrote: ‘That lady was there for a reason. I guarantee your chance will come along to be that lady.’
Ms Nelson assured viewers that she would pass on the good deed once she was ‘back on [her] feet.’