In honor of Thanksgiving, FOX43′s Trang Do surprised unsuspecting shoppers at the Musser’s Market in Mountville, Lancaster County, by paying for people’s last-minute Thanksgiving groceries.
Army Veteran Al Rahman was reluctant to allow us to tag along with him and his Navy vet son Ataullah, as they picked up items for the holiday. But Ataullah took over and made sure to scope out all of the deals.
“Coming out a recession, and you know, I’d like to save every penny, just so I can spend it all on my niece and nephews,” Ataullah said.
He and his father had no idea they were about to get the best deal of all — free.
“30.70,” the cashier told them.
“Oh, 30 bucks,” said Ataullah.
“Can you hold on a second?” Trang asked the cashier. “Happy Thanksgiving! We’re going to pay for your groceries!”
“Oh yeah? Magnificent! Oh that’s even better,” Al said.
“Don’t you wish you would’ve gotten those sodas now?” Trang asked.
“Yeah!” Al said with a laugh. “And some of that caviar back there!”
Bobbi McEvoy needed some similar arm twisting, but eventually let our camera roll on her last-minute shopping trip.
“You say that you’re a last-minute shopper every year. Why is that?” Trang asked Bobbi.
“Because I have to wait for my paycheck,” McEvoy said. “Just like everybody else, I live paycheck to paycheck.”
Even on a tight budget, it’s important for McEvoy to make the holiday special.
“I don’t know what I would do without my boys and my grandkids and my daughter-in-law,” she said.
A fast shopper, it didn’t take long for McEvoy to get everything on her list.
“Now, I’m done! Thank god!” she said.
“I did good!” McEvoy said when she saw the total.
“Oh, well actually, you did even better because we are paying for your groceries,” Trang told her. “Happy Thanksgiving!”
“Oh, you’re joking!” McEvoy replied. “You’re going to make me cry! Thank you so much! You don’t know what a big help that is, honey!”