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World War II Vet Gets Thanked For Service, Treated To Groceries

A World War II veteran went shopping for some groceries in September and was about to pay for his purchase at the register. That's when a woman in line behind him noticed his cap. The woman refused to let him pay. The vet and his wife are very grateful for her generosity.

Fred Mayhew, an 89-year-old veteran from Hampden, Maine, says he still works hard for the money. Though retired, to help make ends meet, the veteran makes chocolate fudge and sells them to local businesses, the fire department and at events for senior citizens. Mayhew was in line at the grocery store, ready to purchase some things, and had two twenty-dollar bills in his hand. That's when he heard a voice from behind him.

“I 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,'” Mayhew said as he recounted the story for the Bangor Daily News. “She told me, ‘Lots of luck’ and ‘thank you for being a veteran.'”

Mayhew was an infantryman with the U.S. Army and had been deployed to Hawaii, Korea and Okinawa to relieve soldiers in the Seventh Infantry Division, the division known as the 'bloody Seventh'. After serving from 1945 to 1946, he was given an honorable discharge. He was wearing an Army veteran's cap in line at the supermarket when the anonymous woman noticed him.

“I’ve never seen her before in my life,” Mayhew said. “I said, ‘What’s going on here?'”

When Mayhew went home, he walked in with the bags and told his wife Esther that he got the groceries for free.

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

The couple have been married for eight years. They're both very grateful for the random act of kindness that the woman bestowed upon them.

“Good things still happen in the world,” said Mayhew.

It's true, they do still happen, especially to veterans. There was a person in a gas station in California who encountered homeless veteran Max Zahir and offered to buy him lunch. Zahir burst into tears.

Meanwhile, on the other coast, a woman was out and about in Atlanta playing 'Pokemon Go' when she encountered a veteran. The way she was looking at her phone and looking around, he thought she was lost and offered to help her. She told him she was playing a game and the two laughed and chatted for a while. When she found out he hadn't eaten for a while, she bought him lunch.

But even though these good things do happen, they sadly don’t happen enough. If everyone performed one small random act of kindness every day, even if it was just offering a smile and a kind word to someone else, think of what a wonderful world it would be.

Source: The Blaze, AWM
Photo: Bangor, Business Insider

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