He handed the woman something and became an overnight star

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Ryan O’Donnell was a father of two who was residing in Wyoming in New South Wales, Australia. When he woke up that morning, he had no idea he was about to do something that was going to splash his name and face all over the press.

He left the house on February 2017, utterly naive to the notion that his life was about to alter. It was written in the stars, and his kids were destined to see the life-altering event that would leave an elderly mother absolutely overwhelmed.

O’Donnell had gone to Wyoming Coles, a local grocery shop in his neighborhood to get some food for himself and his kids. He could’ve just strolled down the aisle and grabbed food off the shelf and kept his own business. But he had no idea he was about to do an amazing act.

Once he was sure he had bought all that he needed, he proceeded for the nearest checkout line. He considered himself a patient man, but he was going to do something people don’t do, and worst of all, someone had their camera phone available.

There was an elderly woman in front of O’Donnell. He expected she would be done shortly and then the cashier would ring his goods up. He could already imagine himself coming home, but that just wasn’t in the cards.

He had scarcely noticed the woman, but felt she was no threat to him, so he stayed to himself. But he hadn’t realized that she was about to take something very significant from him that he would never get back.

Then again, the elderly woman had troubles of her own. She had gone to the register happy as can be with her groceries, but she was concerned something was going to go badly wrong today, and she was right.

The cashier had rang up all of her goods. So, when the time came to pay up, the old woman supplied her with a debit card. But when the cashier swiped the card, the system reported it was refused. What was she going to do?

The woman had every intention of paying for her groceries, but her debit card continued to get denied. She urged the cashier to try again, but it didn’t work. So, they led the woman away from the register. But she wasn’t done with the grocery shop just yet.

The woman was led to the front service counter to continue using her debit card, but the system denied her card because she had insufficient money. At this point, her condition appeared bad, and she was growing more nervous by the minute.

Meanwhile, O’Donnell was finishing things at the checkout desk. His groceries were bagged, and he was ready to pay. But something about the woman that had been in front of him tugged at his heart chords, and he couldn’t get her out of his thoughts.

The old woman wasn’t O’Donnell’s family. For that matter, she wasn’t his buddy or his neighbor, either. But there was something about her that felt familiar and that feeling spurred him to act, but he had to do it fast.

O’Donnell didn’t know anything about this lady. Maybe her bank had made a mistake. For all he knew, she could’ve been fighting to make ends meet. Whatever the reason, he couldn’t wait much longer.

As he walked past the front area where the elderly woman was standing, he saw that she was still struggling to pay for her stuff. So, he dug into his pocket and drew out something that blew her away.

O’Donnell asked the cashier how much the woman’s total was, and she told him it was $44. So, he offered the elderly woman $50 so she could pay her bill and prevent any additional embarrassment. But he didn’t realize someone was observing him.

It wasn’t like the elderly woman’s total had been exorbitant, so he didn’t mind providing a hand. Besides, anyone can find themselves a little short on funds and O’Donnell knew that. So, buying for her groceries was no big deal to him. But it was for someone else in the line.

There was another client nearby named on Twitter as Luke or @Boycey1105, who had witnessed the entire incident and there was no way he was going to pass up the chance to catch it on his phone.

Although life can frequently kick you when you’re down on your luck, there are always a few persons out there that can restore our faith in humanity. O’Donnell was undoubtedly one of those individuals as Twitter followers were about to find.

While Luke published the photo on Twitter, he added in the caption: “This guy at Wyoming Coles who just walked through the cashier with his two kids paid for this women groceries when her card kept declining.” Soon, everyone wanted to know who the good Samaritan was.

Since the photo went posted, it has been retweeted 286 times and liked 798 times. But news outlets didn’t know who O’Donnell was. However, after an intensive search, they were able to locate him. But would he tell the world why he did what he did?

Once the tale went viral, O’Donnell was identified as the good Samaritan, and a local TV station did an interview. After sitting down with “The Today Show,” he told viewers what they had been waiting to know.

“So I just could not walk away,” he told broadcasters Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson. “That’s how my parents and dad raised me up.” But did he and the lady maintain in touch after this?

The old woman had offered to pay him back as soon as she could, but he refused. “I said, look, don’t worry about it. It’s only $44. You’ll be right,” he explained on “The Today Show.” But that was the final time they would talk.

O’Donnell and the elderly woman had never met until that day and they never met again since the event at the grocery store. But he doesn’t regret doing what he did and here’s why.

“She’s a gorgeous charming old lady. She reminded me of my grandmother or grandma. I really could not go away, stated O’Donnell. If more individuals followed his example, the world might still have a shot.

 

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