October 24, 2020

Lidl shopper mum who lost jobs during lockdown left in ‘floods of tears’ after stranger steps in to pay checkout bill

Lidl shopper mum who lost jobs during lockdown left in ‘floods of tears’ after stranger steps in to pay checkout bill

A MUM who lost both of her jobs during lockdown was left in “floods of tears” after a fellow shopper stepped in and paid her checkout bill at .

Jade Doherty, 28, from Sleaford Lincolnshire, was planning to pay for her shopping on Sunday by phone but her card was declined three times in a row.

Jade Doherty, pictured, was left in 'floods of tears' after a shopper stepped in and paid for her groceries at the checkout

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Jade Doherty, pictured, was left in ‘floods of tears’ after a shopper stepped in and paid for her groceries at the checkout Credit: MEN Media

A young woman who was standing behind Jade in the queue noticed what was happening and decided she wanted to help.

The mum-of-three lost her jobs at Interflora and a pub during lockdown, and is on Universal Credit, so she has to strictly budget her money to make sure her family has enough food for the week.

“It was so embarrassing. I have really bad anxiety, so that sort of thing is just my nightmare,” Jade told Lincolnshire Live.

“She just walked forward and said ‘I’ll get it’. She didn’t even look at how much it was. I said ‘no you can’t do that’ and she said ‘yes I can’, tapped her phone and paid for everything.”

The woman had paid for all of the shopping and left the store before Jade could properly thank her.

Jade said: “I cried.

“I cried in Lidl! I just burst into tears and balled my eyes out.

“It just shows how kindness can go such a long, long way,” she said.

“She doesn’t even know me and she was willing to do that. I have had a really hard time recently, I’ve lost two jobs through lockdown, I’m trying my best to make any extra cash in the meantime.

“So it was a really massive help,” the 28-year-old said.

Jade is in contact with the woman who paid for her shopping and she plans to reimburse her or at least buy her some flowers as a ‘thank you’.

Jade Doherty's two oldest sons Mckenzie, six (right) and Kai, eight, left

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Jade Doherty’s two oldest sons Mckenzie, six (right) and Kai, eight, leftCredit: MEN Media