Tyson Crawley was at the gas station one early morning — he filled his UTE with diesel, then filled up his Jerry can with petrol, and went inside to grab a couple of iced coffees.
Then he remembered that he transferred all his money into a new bank account last night, and didn’t have his new card with him.
He had a card for a joint account in his wallet, but couldn’t for the life of him remember what the PIN number was. He was frantically trying to find a solution on his iPhone as he was holding up the register and had a $110 bill to pay.
“My dog was barking wildly, I had to get to work, and I was starting to freak,” Crawley wrote on Facebook.
A moment later, the man who had bought and paid for a coffee before him came back into the store.
“Do you need some money?” he asked.
Crawley was still freaking out. “No no no, I just can’t remember my pin!”
“It’s fine,” the man replied, and Crawley wasn’t quite sure what he meant, until he walked around him toward the register and paid the bill without missing a beat.
Crawley insisted that he didn’t need the money—he had the money, he just couldn’t access it at the moment.
The cashier looked just as “gobsmacked” as Crawley felt as the man replied, “It’s a free country isn’t it? I can help a brother out can’t I?”
Crawley relented and was “absolutely stunned.”
“It totaled $110!, not a sum we kind of just throw it away,” Crawley wrote. “He continually convinced me it was ok, after I ran out of options I ever so gratefully accepted.”
Crawley accepted on one condition—he wanted to pay this man back.
“Please mate, give me your number, I will contact you and pay you back immediately, please can you write down your number?” Crawley asked. As he looked for something to write on, the cashier slid over the receipt, and he wrote down his number, then folded it up and passed it to Crawley.
Overwhelmed with gratefulness, Crawley asked to take a photo with him.
“Sure!” he replied.
They bid each other a good day and parted ways, and he turned to the cashier, still stunned.
“Well that doesn’t happen every day,” she said. “It’s your lucky day.”
He told her he was still gobsmacked.
Then Crawley went outside and saw that the man was completely gone now. He went to open up the receipt and enter it into his phone, but found that the anonymous man had written down a request instead.
“Pass it on.”
“This picture says it all,” Crawley wrote. “Please be beautiful people, and remember it’s not about keeping up with the Joneses, having the biggest house, most expensive car, the largest bank account, but work with each other, after all, what is money compared to the quality of human life?”
Crawley has read many stories of strangers paying it forward and random acts of kindness, but they always seemed like extraordinary things that happened somewhere else.
“Today something incredible happened to me….. Please read, see photos, and share this post,” Crawley shared on Facebook.