An Aldi customer has been praised for her kindness after helping a struggling mum pay for her weekly food shop.
Francesca Jay was shopping with her son William, then four, when the situation happened at her local store.
When the woman saw the mum ask the cashier to stop scanning when the bill reached £50, she stepped in and helped.
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She offered to pay for veg, bread and the ice lollies left at the till after she saw Francesca's son become upset for them.
The kind stranger eventually decided to pay for all the groceries left on the conveyor belt at the Stockport store.
Francesca told Manchester Evening News: "I went in knowing I only had £50 to shop.
"I did my shopping, not thinking it would come anywhere near £50 as it never usually does.
"But as it got nearer at the till I asked the man serving to stop scanning at £50.
"I said 'I'm sorry and I can't have those so please stop the shop there', to which he did."
The mum said her son heard her tell the cashier to put the ice lollies back which is when the stranger stepped in.
"I thanked her and so did my son but she then saw the other bits of shopping and paid for those too," she added.
"Myself and the man serving kept saying 'are you sure?' and she said that she had been in this situation before and was more than happy to pay for it."
She continued: "I think it came up to about £6. This means the world to me because I have always tried to be nice and kind and have paid for people's stuff before quite a few times."
Francesca said she has been struggling recently, which made the act all the more kind.
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She admitted: "I am not financially well off at all. Far from it now actually. But I really try to be kind all the time and almost lost faith in humanity because I always seem to get shot down.
"For someone to help in small ways makes you feel so elated. She didn't have to do that but I could tell it was genuine generosity."
One of the items the woman paid for was a six-pack of fizzy drinks, which Francesca had put in her trolley after a young man outside asked for spare change.
As she didn't have cash on her, she instead offered to buy him a drink but hadn't realised the cost of her shopping rose, meaning she wouldn't be able to afford the usual shop.
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She revealed: "I gave the lad outside his drinks and he was really shocked I'd gotten him a six pack. I told him he wouldn't have had them if it wasn't for the lady getting the rest of my shopping.
"We looked for her but I think she drove off. I am always nice to people and try and help as best I can.
"I am really struggling, as we all are, so was so nice for someone to do something for me. It's just nice to be nice.
"I try my hardest but this lady paying for the rest of my shopping has definitely given me motivation to keep going and good karma will come eventually.
"I hadn't got a penny left in my account so I was so happy I could get those few extra bits, especially as my niece comes for tea every week.
"I think especially with everything being that bit more expensive, a single mum like me on benefits in my circumstances feels the pinch even more so it truly meant so much to me."
Francesca shared the kind gesture into a few Facebook groups in the hope of tracking the kind woman down to thank her properly.
But she's yet to locate the generous stranger.
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