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Walmart Worker Gives Own Cash to Help Customer

Jenny Karpen pulled $40 out of her wallet to help pay for man's groceries
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2014 9:02 AM CST

(Newser) – She may have been new, but she knew just what to do. Jenny Karpen, who had only recently started working at a Walmart in Rotterdam, NY, was helping check out an elderly customer when she realized he didn't have enough cash on hand to pay for his whole order, News10 ABC reports. "He was like, 'Is it enough?'" she says. It wasn't. The man started to remove items to put back when Karpen's heart went into overdrive.

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"I didn't want him to go home and not have something that he really needed to eat," she says. So she used $40 from her own wallet to complete the sale, a kind act that didn't go unnoticed by the next customer in line, who offered to pay Karpen back; she refused to accept it, citing company policy against accepting money. Karpen's manager, meanwhile, seems pleased with his new hire. "There should be more people like that in the world," he tells News10. "We just need to clone Jenny." (A gas station clerk's good deed got someone in a heap of trouble.)

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