"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Mudgee resident Ken Brown was so moved by an act of kindness last week that he wanted to share it with you.
Ken ducked down to Coles last Friday night to pick up some groceries. When he got to the checkout he realised he had left his card at home.
"I was at the checkout and I realised I didn't have my card. I said 'oh god, put it aside I'll dash home and get my wallet with my card in it'. I'd forgotten to take it with me - bloody dill I am. Anyway this young lady said 'I'll take care of it' and paid the bloody bill and it was sixty bucks!" Ken said.
"I thought sufferin' cats, you know. I said to the young bloke behind the counter, what can I do to catch up on her credit card and put some money on it? He said 'no you can't do anything like that'.
"He said the best thing I can say to you is you try and help someone else. I thought, 'good stuff'.
"I was embarrassed. But I've been around long enough to really appreciate the generosity and expression of help that came from a total stranger and I wanted to pay her back you know.
She didn't know me from a bull's foot and she didn't even hesitate.Ken Brown
"She didn't know me from a bull's foot and she didn't even hesitate."
Ken said the act was notable, not just because of the reasons above but because it came during a time when lots of other people are doing it tough.
"The bloody times we're going through are bad enough," Ken said.
"I've never known anything like this."
"In World War II, you could buy Australian butter in London cheaper than you could buy it here, and you had a book that you'd give the - to get a pound of butter or get a packet of tea, that's hard times but nothing like this.
"It's bloody beautiful, it just goes to show that we live in a good town. But I just thought hell, the people should know about that because it encourages people to help one another.
"She's a role model."
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