NEWCASTLE, Okla. — A Walmart cashier is crediting the leading of the Lord after he paid for a foster mother’s groceries when some items wouldn’t go through on her new WIC card.
Nicholas Tate, 22, a student at Austin Bible Institute, was working at the Newcastle Walmart recently when a woman came through his line with three children.
“The two little girls were just going crazy,” he recalled to KFOR-TV. “So, I looked at her and said, ‘One of those days?’”
The frazzled woman explained that she is a foster parent to a baby, and that she had just signed up for WIC, which helps to pay for formula and other baby items. She apologized as she had never used the card before.
As she had inadvertently purchased the wrong formula, it wouldn’t go through, and the line began backing up. Tate called for help from a manager.
“[There were] more customers, more grumbling and dirty looks as they moved to the other lane, and I’m frustrated and trying not to cry,” the woman outlined on Facebook in sharing her story. “At this point, a lady we know came up and asked why I was causing so many problems. I told her I was just failing as a foster mom because I can’t figure out WIC, and almost burst into tears right there.”
In the midst of the situation, Tate felt like God was nudging him to pay for the woman’s needs himself.
“We tried to run it again, and the WIC still didn’t work. So, I just felt like God was telling me just to pay for it,” he said.
Tate pulled out his own credit card and swiped it, paying for the remaining $60 in product that wouldn’t go through. It was approximately a day’s worth of wages for Tate.
“What are you doing?” the woman asked.
“[I]nstantly, she started bawling her eyes out,” Tate remembered. He encouraged the woman that she wasn’t a failure as she had stated to the disgruntled customer.
“[H]e told me that I wasn’t failing and that what we were doing was an amazing thing,” she wrote on social media.
The woman says that she posted the status in realizing that she had been so overcome with emotion that she did not get a chance to thank Tate, and hoped she could connect with him. A few days later, one customer showed Tate the post and inquired if he was the young man that she had written about. He said yes.
The two have since been able to speak to each other, and Walmart and WIC even reached out to the woman to offer to make it up to her for her trouble.
“I have been able to get into contact with this young man … as well as his mom and tell her how incredibly blessed we were by her son and thank her for raising such an exceptional young man,” the woman, who does not wish for her name to be released in the media, wrote. “Additionally, multiple managers from Walmart have contacted me regarding this issue to figure out who it was, wanting to help make it right and help however they can—as well as someone from WIC.”
Tate has remained humble as his story has spread nationwide. He says he was only being obedient to God and encourages others to do the same.
“I was just trying to bless someone and make their day, and it turned into something incredible,” he told Fox News. “It’s not what I did. It’s what God did through something so small. He took something so small and He glorified His name with it.”