Ashley Jordan from Columbia, South Carolina was shopping at her local Walmart, just as she has many times before. And every time it’s a stressful experience, not least because almost all her husband’s paycheck goes on groceries for her family of five.
This shopping trip, the mother of three had her one-year-old daughter along with her, and even with the help of her husband, filling two shopping carts and maneuvering through the busy store on a Saturday night was just too much for her daughter, who was crying by the time they reached the checkout.
An unexpected end to the shopping trip transformed Jordan’s stress into gratitude.
Jordan is not a fan of grocery shopping. As a stay-at-home mom, gathering the food and supplies is a conquest of smart budgeting that often means having to make some difficult decisions about her purchases. She also dreads the idea of witnessing some of the rudeness she has encountered on previous excursions.
“I will say that I’m not a fan of shopping at Walmart because of how rude some of the people can be. But after tonight my whole perspective has changed,” she wrote in a post on Facebook that went viral and has since been removed.
One cashier changed her view of the world.
That change in perspective started with Sharnique Dasant, a customer service manager at Walmart. She was also Jordan’s cashier that evening. As the couple comforted their baby trying to put this trip behind them as fast as possible, Dasant patiently waited on the Jordan family, ringing up their items and giving them the total.
Dasant made a decision to turn this trip around for the stressed-out family.
“She gave me a smile and said you guys look like you need a blessing tonight. I just smiled back,” said Jordan.
Dasant got a message to give the family a gift.
According to Dasant, she was just following orders: from God.
“As we’re scanning and scanning, she got in front of me and it’s like I saw a different face on her,” Dasant later explained to the local news WLTX19. “And I just had like a little man on my shoulder that was like, ‘Give her a $100 dollars, give her $100.’ And I was like, ‘Give her $100?’ Like, I’m talking to myself, like, ‘Give her $100!’”
Dasant looked at Jordan and said, “God told me to give you $100 dollars.”
The cashier’s actions left Jordan speechless.
Dasant used her own card to take $100 off the total, cutting the grocery bill in half.
“This sweet woman whom I never met in my life paid for half of my groceries! I was in complete shock because I never expected anything like that to ever happen. Me and my husband were just staring at each other like is she serious? Did she really just do this?” Jordan wrote.
Jordan promised to pay it forward.
The couple thanked Dasant and just looked at each other and smiled. “At that moment we both knew things were going to be OK because there truly are good people out there,” Jordan wrote, continuing with another heartfelt thank you to the kind woman.
“You truly are a blessing and you will never realize how much you helped us out and how much faith you have put back into our heart.”
Dasant’s kind gift took some of the pressure off the Jordan family and was much appreciated. “I plan to pay it forward anyway I that I possibly can to help somebody, because the feeling that I felt when she did that was just overwhelming,” Jordan told Inside Edition.