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Melbourne Woolworths employee helps pay for customer’s groceries

Woolworths worker is hailed a hero after her incredible act of kindness to a stranger who didn’t have enough cash to buy her groceries

  • Jessica Atalla headed to Woolworths for first time in months after giving birth
  • Realised she left her wallet in the car, but had enough cash to buy a few items
  • Ms Atalla went to scan her items when she realised she didn’t enough money
  • She asked employee at checkout to remove an item so she could afford to pay
  • What happened next ‘made her day’ – with the employee labelled a hero  

A Woolworths shopper has shared the heartwarming story of how a checkout worker went above and beyond to help her when she was short on cash to buy groceries. 

Jessica Atalla, from Melbourne, was excited to head to her local supermarket for the first time in 10 months after recently giving birth to her daughter.


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The mother realised she left her wallet in the car, but she had enough cash to purchase a few items. 

A Woolworths employee offered $2 to a mother who was a bit short on pay for her shop (stock)

After collecting a few essentials, Ms Atalla went to scan her items when she realised she didn’t enough money to cover the bill. 

‘I had a little bit of cash but ended up also getting some cleaning supplies and was just short,’ Ms Atalla wrote in the Facebook group The Kindness Pandemic. 

She asked a female employee at the self checkout to remove an item so she could afford to pay.    

‘She told me to hold on and I was thinking maybe she needed to get a senior staff member to remove the item,’ Ms Atalla said. 

‘Instead she came back with two dollars which was more than I needed and she even told me to keep the change.

‘It really made my day! Thank you so much the kind gesture was very appreciated.’ 

Jessica Atalla from Melbourne had a bit of cash when she went to purchase a few items from Woolworths (stock)

Jessica Atalla from Melbourne had a bit of cash when she went to purchase a few items from Woolworths (stock)

Ms Atalla’s post has so far received more than 3,400 likes.

Dozens of people commended the Woolworths worker for her kind gesture. 

‘I was lucky enough for supermarket staff do the same for me when I didn’t have enough money. It is such a relief!’ someone wrote. 

‘What a beautiful thing to do,’ another commented. 

‘It’s those little things that count BIG TIME!’ someone else wrote. 

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