Good Samaritan pays for Haysville woman's groceries after she forgets wallet

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Sometimes we just need a reminder there's good in this world, that people care about each other.

A Haysville woman got that reminder at a Wichita grocery store this week and decided to share it in a Facebook post that's now going viral.  

"I think it's just important to remember just to be kind. you can help in any way."

That was Becky Loos' message when she took to Facebook to talk about a Good Samaritan who rescued her groceries this week.

It started out as a normal stop at the Dillons near her office. 

"We'd had a very good grocery store trip, considering I had two little kids," Becky said.  "And then I dig in my purse to get my wallet.  It's not there...and immediately I knew where it was.  It was in my daughter's diaper bag (at the house)."

She says the cashier and bagger offered to hold the groceries while she ran home for her wallet, even to put them in a cooler since the trip is 20 minutes one way.   But Becky decided it was too late that night, already 7:00 pm.  Her kids needed to get home for supper and bed.

"I'm frustrated.  I'm angry.  I feel like we wasted our time, we wasted the employees' time.  I just felt at that moment: defeated," she said. 

In the post she wrote, "Trust me, I realize that there are people with actual problems in this world."

Through clenched teeth, she told her son, who helped her put the groceries on the conveyor belt, "I don't have my wallet, we have to leave."

Odds are it's happened to you.  You get up to the check-out and you can't find your wallet or you don't have enough cash.  You end up either having to go home or getting lucky enough to rely on the kindness of strangers.

"In walks Barry, into my line of all the lines," Becky said, half-smiling.  "I think he saw, on my face, just 'I'm done!' and he turned to the cashier and he was like, 'How much is it?'"

Becky says she tried to turn him down, figuring she'd order groceries online the next day.  He wouldn't take no for an answer.

"He looks at me and he says, 'I understand.  I've been there.  I'm sorry.'" Becky recounted, starting to choke up.  "I'm about to cry.  It was just so touching."

In her Facebook post she says Barry told her, "My wife recently died and if she were here, she'd want me to help you. So, I'm doing it for her, too." 

Several commenters on the post said they know Barry, and they weren't surprised he'd do something like this.

"He really is a wonderful man and for him to do something like this is definitely all him," one woman wrote.  "He truly is an amazing man."

"He is good people," another woman added.

Finally, Becky let him pay the $75 bill.  Then, she asked to take the photo she later shared on Facebook.  Becky said it may have been weird asking to take a picture with Barry, "but he was my saving grace this (Monday) evening. He's a reminder that there's plenty of good out there."

That photo now commemorates a trip to the store that nearly ended in tears but brought instead smiles and hope.

"There's so much bad stuff going around in the world, so when you see something good, like this, happening it really warms your heart," said Jennie Engelhard who works at Dillons and sees Barry come in on a regular basis.  

She says he likes to joke around with the workers and get to know them.  She feels honored he's a customer.  

"I think it's very honored that we still have customers like that that come in on a daily basis and actually want to help people, whether it be something little or something large. You know, I think that's humanity.  That's what everybody needs.  That's what the world needs," Jennie said.

KAKE News has tried to reach out to Barry, but we have not made contact at this time.