The woman told Scott Hartnell she was behind him and Jess in the Asda queue in Wirral, Merseyside, but by the time she spotted the money it was too late and they had disappeared
Image: Liverpool ECHO)
A dad said he was left overwhelmed by the generosity of a stranger who returned his final £30 which he left behind in a cash machine.
Scott Hartnell was shopping in his local Asda, in Wirral, Merseyside, with his 16-year-old daughter who was staying with him for the evening when he said his “heart sank”, Liverpool Echo reported.
Scott, 43, lives on his own in New Brighton but said his daughter Jess was staying with him so he knew his weekly shop would be significantly more than usual.
He said: “Usually I spend around £80, as I live on my own with my dog.
“I knew this shop would be more so I did account for it, however it turned out to be £166 – £30 more than I accounted for as Jess put some makeup in the basket.
“Anyway, we pay and leave Asda and I went to the cash machine to get out my last £30 to see me over the weekend.“
Scott, who lives on Rockpoint Avenue, said while the pair were standing at the cash point at the Liscard supermarket, they were distracted by a number of factors that ‘side-tracked’ the dad-of-five from what he was doing.
He said: “At this point I must have just been on autopilot as I remember I put my pin in and got my card back.
“I was putting the shopping away in the car thinking I spent too much and I would need to re-budget when I got home.”
As he began to drive away, Scott felt the need to check his wallet as he felt “uncomfortable” and it was then he realised he didn’t have the money.
He began to panic and drove back into the car park in a desperate attempt to find the money.
Scott said: “I was frustrated and thought that I would not be getting it back. It was completely lost.
“Jess rushed out of the car to see if it was there but she just shook her head and my heart sank.
“My last £30 had gone and my weekend was ruined.”
After accepting defeat, they set off to leave when something caught Scott’s attention.
A woman was running towards the car waving and shouting.
He said: “I put down my window and she shouted ‘wait, I think I have your money’.
“I was made up. What a superstar.”
The woman told Scott he was behind him and Jess in the queue but by the time she spotted the money it was too late and they had disappeared.
Scott said: “I was so overwhelmed with not only the honesty, but she waited to see if someone came back and even said she was going to hand the money into Asda so the person may go in and ask for it.
“What a genuine person.”
Later that evening, Scott took to Facebook to pay thanks to the woman and said he hoped she would see the post as she ‘deserved the recognition and praise’ for restoring his ‘faith in people’.
He wrote: “A massive thank you to the lady who chased me down in Asda car park Liscard.
“I got completely distracted with my daughter and did not take the £30 I withdrew from the cash machine. You are a star ! I always say there are good, honest people out there – especially here.
People filled the comments with praise and admiration of her ‘awesome’ act.
One person said: “What a star that honest person is.
“Need more like her, well done.”
Another commented: “Asda colleagues, especially Liscard are generally trying to make shopping a positive.
“Well done Asda Liscard, you are amazing.”
Also in the comments was the woman herself who Scott replied to labelling her a ‘super star’ and said he is ‘in her debt’.
Scott added: “A big thanks and I hope she has a spectacular Christmas with her husband and family as it is well deserved!”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.