Kilmore resident John Drummy is hoping to thank a stranger for a random act of kindness following a bad run of luck in the past 18 months.
On the afternoon of Saturday, November 7, Mr Drummy went to Aldi Kilmore to do his grocery shopping, but just as the checkout worker finished scanning his groceries, Mr Drummy realised he had left his wallet in the car.
After runing to grab his wallet, he returned a few minutes later and was informed by the checkout worker that the person behind him in the queue had paid for his entire trolley, worth more than $100.
Mr Drummy said he was left speechless by the act of generosity.
“I wasn’t quite sure what to say, so I just asked, ‘are you sure?’ [The checkout worker] said she thanked her for me and told her I was just going to get my wallet, but she insisted on paying.
“I didn’t really know what to say, it was a very kind thing to do. I was a bit overwhelmed and wasn’t sure what to say.
“As I packed up my shopping at the counter here, I was keeping an eye out just in case she returned with the trolley, because I would have remembered slightly what she looked like, but she never did so I never got to thank her.
“I just wanted to say thank you to that generous person for their random act of kindness.”
The random act of kindness comes after a tough year for most, but an even tougher 18 months for Mr Drummy who was diagnosed with cancer last June, had his car written off in the past two months and broke his hand two weeks ago.
“[They are] all things that I’ve conquered and overcome, but still it was a really nice thing to happen and good to see people like that are around,” he said.
“I’m going to pay this forward as much as I can.
“I’m a pretty generous and kind person anyway, but it brought it more home to me to try to zone in a bit more and pay it forward to as many people as I can.
“I just want to give a very big thank you to that person. She made a really big difference to my day, not just my day but the foreseeable future.”