Good Samaritan helps man pay for shoes he couldn’t afford

Photo from Caloy Pineda’s Facebook
Photo from Caloy Pineda’s Facebook

A story full of Christmas spirit has been making the rounds on social media.

Last week, Caloy Pineda, a manager of a shoe store in Muntinlupa City, posted about how a man tried to buy shoes in the store but found out that he could not afford them.

Pineda described the man, identified by GMA News as mang (Mr.) Rexel, as having “old styled pants and an old pair of slippers.

“He picked a pair of shoes worth PHP1,200 (US$24). You can see that he looks hard working, like he works difficult jobs,” Pineda said in his Facebook caption.

According to GMA News, mang Rexel started counting his money, which were all PHP20 notes (US$.50), when a woman customer noticed him.

The woman then approached mang Rexel to talk, then asked him if he wanted any other style of shoes. He picked another pair worth PHP1,799 (US$35).

The customer only wanted to be identified as “Lil,” and according to GMA, while the shoes were over Rexel’s budget, she paid for the difference of whatever he couldn’t afford.

Afterwards, all she said was maligayang pasko po — Tagalog for Merry Christmas — and left.

Pineda apologized for sharing the story, even if Lil didn’t want her name to be known or her face to be recognized for her deed.

“I couldn’t help it but be inspired by what you did for sir [Rexel].” He added, “In a world full of scams, chaos and hate, there are still good people that know how to empathize with other people. Christmas is truly a season of sharing without expecting anything in return.”

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