From The Marlborough Express ...
--by wavingatyou, posted Aug 31, 2015
Caroline Mardon went to a petrol station at lunchtime on Tuesday but realised she did not have her Eftpos card with her.
She was told she would not be able to leave until the $20 of fuel she had put into her car was paid for.
Mardon had no-one she could call to come pay for the fuel and she did not know how she was going to get home.
"I sat in the car and tried to work out what I was going to do.
"Then this lady came over and knocked on the door with a receipt."
Mardon got out of the car and gave the woman a hug, but when she tried to get her name to pay the woman back she refused.
"She just said to pay it forward when I could."
Mardon said the act of kindness after a tough few weeks changed her entire day.
"It puts your faith back in humanity.''
"Sometimes even just someone walking past you and smiling can make a difference.
"We've all got lives behind our faces. We've all got stories.''
"Something really little can make a big difference."