Local cashier uses own money to help customer buy groceries

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ROTTERDAM, N.Y. – An elderly man did not have enough money to buy his groceries at the Rotterdam Walmart, so the cashier used her own money so he wouldn’t go home empty handed.

Jenny Karpen was a new employee at Walmart and working one of the registers when an older man entered her lane to check out.

“He was an older gentleman,” she said. “He was getting his groceries. Some of it was food, and some of it was for his pet.”

The man handed Karpen some money.

“And he was like, ‘Is it enough?” Karpen recalled. “And I was like, ‘No, it’s not.’ So he was trying to take stuff back.”

But Karpen wouldn’t let him leave without his groceries.

“I felt really bad for him,” she said. “I didn’t want him to go home and not have something that he really needed to eat.”

Instead, Karpen took $40 out of her own pocket for the man to use toward his groceries.

“He didn’t quite realize what happened,” she said.

Her manager, Jamie Cobb was stunned.

“When I heard that I just couldn’t believe that,” she said.

After the man gathered his things and left, the next person in line offered Karpen money in return for her good deed.

“And so he offered to give me the $40, and I was like, ‘It’s not policy for me to take the money,’” she said. “I’m sorry.”

“There should be more people like that in the world,” Cobb said. “We just need to clone Jenny. We need to have Jenny’s one through ten.”

Karpen never asked for the man’s name. She said she’s never done anything like that before but hopes others follow in her footsteps.

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