A stranger volunteered to pay for man’s groceries after his debit card was declined: ‘friends for life’

What are you prepared to do to assist a complete stranger in hassle?

Jason James Boudreaux and Kevin Jones’ friendship started at a grocery retailer when Jason’s debit card obtained declined on the checkout counter, and Kevin, a then stranger, stepped as much as pay for his groceries.

Jason, 46, claimed he deposited his paycheck an hour earlier than going to the grocery retailer, however since he not often deposits checks, he didn’t know the cash wouldn’t be accessible instantly.


Whereas ready in line, he seemed on the younger man behind him and greeted him with a “howdy.”

Then his flip to the checkout counter comes.

He handed in his debit card, however a lot to his shock, it was declined because of inadequate funds.

Then the person behind him stepped up.

“I obtained your again,” the younger man mentioned.

“I advised him, ‘Hey, what are you speaking about? I can’t allow you to do this — that’s an excessive amount of,’” Jason advised The Washington Put up, including that the younger man insisted on paying for his groceries.

“Once I advised him I’d pay him again, he mentioned, ‘No, you don’t need to,’” Jason continued.

Jason and Kevin's photo at the grocery store where Jason had his debit card declined.

Jason mentioned that he wished to pay the younger man, however he obtained so excited along with his act of kindness he didn’t even get the younger man’s identify.

“I imply, I used to be a detective. I ought to have been with my pen and paper asking, ‘What’s your identify? What’s your quantity?’” Jason tells TODAY.com. “However I simply had what you name goosebumps, however it’s ‘frissons’ in French.”

Jason's Facebook post to find Kevin after helping him during his debit card problem at the grocery store.

So, Jason requested to take a photograph with the stranger and later posted it on Fb to seek out him and thank him.

“A lot respect for this younger gentleman,” Jason wrote, explaining his expertise with the sort stranger.

“New Iberia, assist me acknowledge this gentleman,” he added.

His pal acknowledged the younger man as 28-year-old Kevin Jones.

Kevin Jones, the stranger who helped Jason at teh grocery store.

He additionally obtained Kevin’s quantity and invited him to a gathering.

“We name it ‘Household Day,’” he mentioned, stating that they cooked numerous meals and invited everybody, together with associates and cousins.

Kevin accepted James’ invitation.

In keeping with Kevin, he helped James as a result of he skilled the identical factor.

“It may possibly occur to anybody, and truthfully, I’ve been on this state of affairs earlier than,” Jones mentioned, including that he has skilled having his debit card declined, and he needed to return the groceries.

“I didn’t need him to need to undergo that,” he continued.

Kevin, his wife Marissa, and their kids.

Kevin additionally mentioned that after paying for Jason’s groceries, he moved on along with his day with out anticipating something again.

He additionally mentioned he didn’t inform his spouse about what he did.

Nevertheless, Jason’s Fb publish and a few calls and messages a couple of man who desires to return a favor reached him.

“Only a complete lot in someday,” Kevin mentioned, laughing.

In the meantime, Kevin and Marissa attended the social gathering.

Marissa, Kevin, and Jason's wife posing for a photo at the party.

Jason realized the day was Kevin’s birthday, so that they rapidly assembled a bit of birthday celebration by improvising a “cake” to commemorate the large day.

“He had a jelly doughnut with icing on prime, and he put a candle in it,” Kevin mentioned, smiling.

Kevin was stunned when all the women, together with his spouse, got here out singing “Pleased Birthday.”

Since that day, Jason and Kevin, who have been strangers on the grocery retailer’s checkout counter, grew to become brothers.

Jayson and Kevin dancing at the party.

After the gathering, the brand new brothers mentioned they keep up a correspondence by textual content, planning weekend outings and Household Days.

Kevin added that Jason invitations him to his fishing spot and desires him to return over each Sunday along with his household.

Jason's favorit fishing spot.

Jason mentioned that Kevin is without doubt one of the sincerest souls he has ever met, and he has met many.

“I reside by a motto: ‘If I obtained it, you bought it,’” Kevin mentioned. “Doesn’t matter your colour, doesn’t matter to me. We brothers and sisters from totally different folks.”

Every thing, certainly, has a cause.

Jason’s hassle along with his debit card paved the way in which for him to satisfy his new brother Kevin, whose kindness modified his outlook on the world.

It’s additionally noteworthy so as to add that Jason and Kevin have created a GoFundMe account NOT for themselves, all donations will go to folks in want. 

Right here’s what’s posted on the fundraising website:

“I’m Jason James Boudreaux and I met Kevin Jones two weeks in the past at a grocery retailer and he did what no individual would do and paid my groceries. We at the moment are brothers and household. We spoke a couple of go fund laughingly. All monies can be donated to these in want. Belief me I don’t lie. I like this man and his household. He doesn’t desire a dime nor do I, we simply need to go it alongside.”

Watch their lovely Household Day beneath.