Woman Pays for World War II Vet’s Groceries and Says ‘Thank you for being a veteran’

May 13, 2016 Updated: May 13, 2016

An elderly World War II veteran from Hampden, Maine, got a pleasant surprise at local grocery store.

A woman who was standing at the check-out line decided to pay for the 89-year-old Fred Mayhew’s groceries. He was wearing his veteran cap that day, reported the Bangor Daily News.

Mayhew, who is known around town as the “Fudge Man” for his delivery of homemade fudge to the local fire department, told the paper he “was standing there and I had two $20s in my hand to pay for my groceries when the girl behind me said, ‘Put that back in your pocket. I’m gonna pay for that.'”

“She told me, ‘Lots of luck’ and ‘Thank you for being a veteran,'” he said. “I’ve never seen her before in my life,” said Mayhew. “I said, ‘What’s going on here?'”

Mayhew said that he served as an infantryman in the US Army in 1945 and 1946, fighting in World War II. He was stationed at the Hawaiian Islands, Okinawa and Korea to relieve members of the Seventh Infantry Division.

He told his wife that he didn’t pay for the groceries.

“I said, ‘What did you do? Steal them?” she asked him with a laugh. “He said, ‘No, a lady came up behind me and told me to put my money in my pocket.'”

The Mayhews said they would like the woman to know that her gesture was appreciated.

“We wasn’t going to get into this this big, but I think it’s good to do that,” Esther Mayhew, 88, added. “It shows appreciation.”

(H/T – WatchThis)