Mysterious Good Samaritan Hands a Total Stranger $100 in a Grocery Store After She Loses Everything

Good Samaritan hands a total stranger $100 at the grocery store after her livelihood was destroyed by Covid lockdowns

  • Belinda Lombard waited to enter the supermarket in Tauranga, New Zealand
  • She started talking to a man in front of her when he asked about her work
  • Ms Lombard said she worked in the hospitality industry and had lost everything to Covid
  • The stranger later tracked down Mrs. Lombard at the store and offered her $100
  • Although Mrs. Lombard couldn’t accept it, she was left in tears by the generous act


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A businesswoman who lost her job during Covid was left emotional after a conversation with a stranger outside a supermarket sparked a heartwarming gesture.

Belinda Lombard, the owner of Lemongrass Catering, was standing in front of her local Pak’nSave on Cameron Road in Tauranga, New Zealand, on Aug. 26, when she began talking to a man in front of her.

When asked what she did for a living, Ms Lombard told the man named Fred that she worked in the hospitality industry and had lost all her business due to the current lockdown restrictions in the country.

The man managed to track down Mrs. Lombard in the meat department of the supermarket and handed the struggling businesswoman $100 to help in these trying times.

Belinda Lombard was standing outside her local supermarket in Tauranga, New Zealand, when she struck up a conversation with the man in front of her in line

Belinda Lombard was standing outside her local supermarket in Tauranga, New Zealand, when she struck up a conversation with the man in front of her in line

Ms Lombard, owner of Lemongrass Catering (pictured), told the man she worked in the hospitality industry and had lost everything due to the current lockdown restrictions

Ms Lombard, owner of Lemongrass Catering (pictured), told the man she worked in the hospitality industry and had lost everything due to the current lockdown restrictions

Ms Lombard, owner of Lemongrass Catering (pictured), told the man she worked in the hospitality industry and had lost everything due to the current lockdown restrictions

The man followed Mrs. Lombard into the store while running errands and offered her about $100 to help in these challenging times

The man followed Mrs. Lombard into the store while running errands and offered her about $100 to help in these challenging times

The man followed Mrs. Lombard into the store while running errands and offered her about $100 to help in these challenging times

Ms Lombard became emotional and in tears over the Samaritan’s act, but said she couldn’t take the money.

Mrs. Lombard told the NZ Herald: ‘This man doesn’t quite know me, but he wanted to give me money to make sure it would be okay. I welled with tears in the middle of the meat department.

“This was a local guy who just showed up when it wasn’t necessary. Things are not good for people and there is a man who goes out of his way to help. I just couldn’t believe it.’

Ms. Lombard was impressed by the man’s thoughtful act and wanted to spread the word to praise the Samaritan and remind people to ask for help when they are struggling.

New Zealand registered 49 locally acquired Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, with Tauranga moving to level three from 11:59pm tonight along with the rest of the country south of Auckland for a week from 11:59pm.

All of New Zealand south of Auckland will move to Covid-19 level three for a week from 11:59pm on Tuesday as the country registered 49 locally acquired cases

All of New Zealand south of Auckland will move to Covid-19 level three for a week from 11:59pm on Tuesday as the country registered 49 locally acquired cases

All of New Zealand south of Auckland will move to Covid-19 level three for a week from 11:59pm on Tuesday as the country registered 49 locally acquired cases

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