Woman Pays for Down-and-Out Wawa Customer, Doesn't Realize It's Keith Urban

Published 08-07-2018

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You should always pay it forward, as you never know who you might be helping. A New Jersey woman noticed that a man in line ahead of her at gas station-slash-fast food chain Wawa was short a few dollars for his purchase, and she helped cover his cost. The man turned out to be none other than country music star Keith Urban.

Ruth Reed, a retired teacher and fan of the star, shared her amazing story to Facebook on the Medford Facebook Group. Although the post has now been removed, the story has gone viral on social media, and screenshots have immortalized the story of her run-in with the "American Idol" judge.

"For three years, I have made a resolution to once a week treat someone at Wawa. Occasionally it happens more than once a week," she captioned the adorable photo of her blushing next to Urban. "This man was short a few dollars. He asked a lady with him if she had money. I jumped in and said I would pay and explained why. He thanked me and asked my name. I asked him his and he told me it was Keith. I said that he did look like Keith Urban. He said he was."

My favorite story of the day is how my 3rd grade teacher thought @KeithUrban was down on his luck and couldn't pay for his wawa snacks so she bought them for him. What an angel. pic.twitter.com/mJccVOQWtp

- Olivia Rose Prouse (@liverdiverz) August 4, 2018

Urban, who recently played the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, told Reed that she could even check with his body guard if she didn't believe him. It finally sunk in that she had paid for the four-time Grammy winner's coffee, and she asked for a photo. "Another Ruth Reed moment!" she wrote. According to NJ.com, the Facebook post had over 350 comments and had been shared over 3,000 times before it was removed. However, it has been made the header photo on the group's page.

The Daily Meal has reached out to Reed for a comment.

A spokesperson for Wawa told NBC Chicago that they were "thrilled" by the story. "We are lucky at Wawa to have the best customers around," they said. "They include our wonderful regular customers, like Ruth, and occasionally music superstars like Keith Urban!"

The Pennsylvania-based company, which has 800 stores in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Florida, is just one of the regional fast food chains we wish were national.

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