A worker at Walmart showed compassion and the spirit of the holiday when she reportedly paid for an elderly man’s groceries after realizing he didn’t have enough money to cover his purchases.
Jenny Karpen had only started working at a store in Rotterdam, New York, but she proved an invaluable cashier and company representative when she thought of her customer’s needs ahead of her own.
The elderly man was reportedly buying food for himself and his pet when Karpen says he handed her some money and asked if it was enough, reports ABC News 10.
After she told him that what he had didn’t cover the cost, she says he began putting items back.
“I felt really bad for him,” Karpen told ABC News 10. “I didn’t want him to go home and not have something that he really needed to eat.”
To ensure that didn’t happen, Karpen took $40 from her own pocket and paid for his items, reports Fox News.
“He didn’t quite realize what happened,” she said.
And the kindness didn’t end there.
After the elderly man left the store, a customer who was standing behind him generously offered to give Karpen $40. But it isn’t Walmart policy for an employee to accept money from customers, so she declined.
Her act of good will did not go unnoticed by her employers.
“There should be more people like that in the world,” Jamie Cobb, Karpen’s manager at Walmart, told ABC News 10. “We just need to clone Jenny. We need to have Jenny’s one through ten.”