An angel paid for my shopping

Ok, well I wasn’t going to blog about this experience as I am a wee bit embarrassed – it makes me out to be a crazy, unorganised hopeless New Zealander. And I am trying really hard to be a sophisticated, organised member of Swiss society!

I went shopping at the local supermarket. When I came to the checkout and tried to pay with my Postkarte (bankcard), the machine spat it out telling me my card was blocked. I tried a number of times and it kept spitting it out. I had plenty of money in the account so didn’t know why it wouldn’t work. I couldn’t even enter my PIN. I was so frustrated because there was a line of people behind me, I had no cash (which I normally always do) and the supermarket didn’t accept Visa. There was no cash machine around and I had done a fairly massive shop of $130.00 and had even hired a Mobility car to get it all home.

The checkout lady told me there was no cash machine around and I would have to leave now and they would put all my shopping back on the shelf. So embarrassed. Anyway, a lady at the back of the line heard the commotion and offered to pay my shopping and I could pay her back later.

So I let her pay and promised I would pay it into her account the next day. She gave me her account number and I gave her my name, address and phone number (actually I had to force her to take it – she was quite happy to trust me and didn’t even ask my name!)

Anyway, I rang the bank twice and also went in person and they finally figured out there is a fault with my card. It seems one of my sons got hold of it and made a few dents in the magnetic strip. Uh oh. Anyway, they are sending me out a new card and in the meantime I have paid the lady back and sent her a thank you card.

I just checked the mail now and there is a letter she has placed in our letter box. She writes:

Ich habe mich gefreut, Ihnen mit meiner Postcard aushelfen konnen… Zahlen Sie mir $100 zuruck, der rest ist ein kleines Vorweihnachtsgeschenk and auch Dankbarkeit weil Sie Mutter sind und damit mithelfen unserer jungen Generation gute, christliche, Schweizerische Werte zu ubermitteln.

Translated it goes something like this: I was glad to be able help you out with my bankcard … Just pay me $100 back, the rest is a small pre-Christmas present and also out of gratitude that you are a mother and thus help bring up our young generation with good, Christian, Swiss values.

WOW! I am dumbstruck. This lady didn’t even know me. I will never complain again about the older Swiss generation being intolerant of children and foreigners (do you think I should tell her I am more Kiwi than Swiss?!)

It has been a tough week in many ways but isn’t it amazing how God looks after us and who He sends our way? I still have to figure out a way to really thank her…

6 Responses to “An angel paid for my shopping”

  1. 1 Ruth

    Wow Michelle that is really awesome. What a blessing! I’m sure tho that it was a real blessing to her also to be able to help you out! I’m sure your thank you card more than surfices! (is that a word?)

  2. 2 Priscilla

    Wow, what a cool story! thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ that woman sounds so nice! God is awesome like that, He always comes through for us in all kinds of ways/people/circumstances even when we least expect Him to πŸ™‚

  3. 3 Marianne

    Thanks for telling us this amazing story. It is so encouraging to know that there is not only greed and mistrust in this world. Such a story should appear on the front page of the newspaper… I had a similar, but less spectacular experience in the elevator of the nursing home next door. I was on my way down to get a cup of coffee for my mother-in-law and myself and was counting the handful of coins which I had put in my pocket – just in case. I said – more to myself: “Oh I think I’m going to be a bit short”. A lady who was in the elevator with me got out her purse and gave me Fr. 5.-, just like that. She insisted that she didn’t want it back…

  4. 4 Jessica

    That is an incredible story. Thanks for sharing… just goes to show how generous and caring people can be all over the world…

  5. 5 Steph van G

    Wow, that certainly does go a long way in restoring your faith in society! I agree with Ruth that it must have been a real blessing to the lady to be able to help you out in that situation. How embarrasing it would have been for you otherwise! πŸ™‚

  6. 6 Anita

    Awesome, thank you so much for sharing that story. So super cool that generous lady honoured your role as a mum, that is great! Our kids chew our cards too, perhaps not anymore!!!

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