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Struggling Woman Has $375 Worth Of Groceries Covered By A Kind Stranger, Later Finds Out It’s Ludacris
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Struggling Woman Has $375 Worth Of Groceries Covered By A Kind Stranger, Later Finds Out It’s Ludacris

Back in late July Therra Jaramillo, a writer from Atlanta, went to Whole Foods to get groceries and food for her animal rescue operation. Therra has been struggling financially since her husband died of cancer four years ago, so it was not an ordinary day at the grocery store for her. “I met the love of my life, Native American performer John Jaramillo and we married. It was bliss on a level I’d never known before. When I lost him to vicious brain cancer in 2014 after a roller coaster ride of a year and a half, I was exhausted and beat. We had insurance, but his illness still took everything we had,” she told Bored Panda. As it turns out, she only went to the store because her friend sent her a gift card. Otherwise, she would have been unable to buy anything.

Little did Therra knew that at the same store a famous rapper Ludacris had been shopping too. They accidentally met each other at check out, and he kindly offered to pay for her groceries. When asked how did it made her feel, Therra said, “My life changed after the Ludacris’ random act of kindness. At first, I was embarrassed that the story went viral. I thought, ‘Oh great. Now the whole world knows my financial woes.’ I felt kind of…I don’t know…ashamed. But then I started getting notes and tweets from all over the world. The good people who had been through real hardship and wanted to encourage ME. One woman wrote that she’d recently lost her husband to brain cancer and the year before they’d lost their girls in a car accident. My God. My heart shattered, thinking about what she had been through. And she wanted to encourage ME. I was humbled.’

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However, the story has not ended here. Therra decided to repay Ludacris for his kindness and found the best way to do that. “I came up with the idea to raise money for his foundation because in addition to be a writer, and I worked in non-profits for decades. I thought, well, he doesn’t need me to pay back the money…he did that purely from his good heart…but what if I can raise some bucks for his foundation? So I did. I started a Facebook fundraiser. It was successful, and I was so touched by the response. I wanted to raise the $375 he was kind enough to spend on me and my rescued pets, and it ended up raising about $1200. I think people felt good bringing back the faith in humanity,” she said. Therra shared the invaluable story this experience had taught her, “In our world, we all have the ability to be good, but we often choose otherwise. I will tell you that I learned this: Kindness is a currency. Perhaps the only currency where the more you spend, the richer you get.”

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Sandra McIntyre Cramer
Community Member
3 years ago

Refreshing, pure and simple. You know his Mama raised him the right way, God Bless him.

Amanda Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

I've had these mysterious super heros step into my life when my light was out a time or two. You never know what people are going through.

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

"You never know what people are going through". Damn right. Everyone has a cross to bear, some quite severe, and some peoples are harder to see than others. I literally did the hand covering the gasping open mouth under wide eyes thing after seeing the part about the woman who lost her kids and then her husband. Fuuuuuuuuuuck. I've been through some shit, but not like that. I can't even begin to comprehend. Also, Ludacris is awesome and I think I'll buy one of his albums I don't have yet on principle.

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Bumble
Community Member
3 years ago

What is nice about this story is that it isn't the giver telling it. Although I love and appreciate people give to others, I find it unsettling when they then post it all over the net whilst still claiming to be a generous stranger. This dude rocks. The story made me cry.

Janine O'Flaherty
Community Member
3 years ago

Okay, my eyeballs have officially sprung a leak. Luda is my new favorite man and this woman is my new favorite woman. So many people on this planet suck so bad, but these two are proof that there's hope for us yet.

TheKnightOwl
Community Member
3 years ago

This is beautiful. I have a similar story; my health insurance payment didn't come out as there weren't enough funds for the payment to go through. A woman from the company called me as asked if I could make the payment, but there was no way. I explained that I'd not long had a baby, and our car had needed repairing and we'd have to cancel the insurance. "But you have a young family", she said, but I just could not make the payment. Later that night I got a call from a private number; it was the woman from the insurance company. She told me she felt compelled to help, and she had chosen to pay the monthly instalment herself, and hopefully we would be able to get back on track by the next month. I was gobsmacked, and spent the next hour trying to convince her she didn't have to do that...but she did. Refused to give me her details because she didn't want to be paid back. I've never forgotten, and I hope she was blessed as much as she blessed me that day.

Melissa Nunya
Community Member
3 years ago

I worked in retail many years. You would be surprised how often this kind of thing happens especially around the holidays. Lots of great people out there. Wtg Chris ;)

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

One time, my husband and I were at a grocery store getting a cake for his birthday. When we checked out, our card was declined. We were embarrassed, and I was upset. The man in line behind us offered to pay for the cake. I know I will never forget that kind man.

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

One of the things makes me wish I was rich. Just to be able to do stuff like this for people. Spending a few hundred pounds randomly, on someone who had nothing.... Would make me feel so much better than spending a few thousand on myself.

marbsno
Community Member
3 years ago

This is the nicest thing I've read all day.

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

Less SJW clickbait, more this. Positive stories like this one and the one about the moms who helped the mom with 2 kids on the plane are the best way to end my evening before bed.

S Atherton
Community Member
3 years ago

Pretty impressed Luda actually does his own grocery shopping. Cool story too

Ash
Community Member
3 years ago

I knew I always liked him. <3

Ms E
Community Member
3 years ago

So nice that some ppl are glad when they get help. I bought grocieries for a ‘friend’ once, for a big sum. She told she was broke and horrified that she couldn’t give herself or cats any food. We went to the grocery store. When we came back to her place she didn’t even say thanks, asked if I could pay her bills too. I told her I don’t have money enough myself for that too. One week later she showed me she’s been shopping a soap bar for $70.. And she started being mean to me. When I got really sick she told me that it’s only in my head etc. I have stopped helping ppl too much after that. But it makes me happy to read this article.

First Name
Community Member
3 years ago

Nobody who's "struggling" shops at Whole Foods. Period.

Laura Lawson
Community Member
3 years ago

Read the whole story before commenting such judgemental crap. She specifically stated that she would never shop there but she had a gift voucher from a friend.

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Savannah Robinson
Community Member
3 years ago

I actually had a stranger pay for my baby's nappies. Nappies are quite expensive in my country and I was relatively broke at that time. Angels don't always have wings ;)

A Dyke From The Dreamworld
Community Member
3 years ago

If I win the lottery, I wanna set aside a small amount of money for myself and use the rest to help people. Just being the nice guy can get you a lot.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
3 years ago

My sweet ol' mom met him in an elevator in Seattle. Nice guy.

bre bre
Community Member
3 years ago

Anyone watching Fear Factor? :P

Josie Chaney
Community Member
3 years ago

I often think of my heart as pumice, hard and full of holes. But I’m quite literally crying on the bus. Thank you to all the angels like Ludacris, the original poster, and everyone who has helped, been helped, and shared their stories. I’m in a tough, long haul, and you all are a potent revelation. I love you. Happy Holidsys to you and yours.

Rebecca Gleason
Community Member
3 years ago

Similar story... one day I walked up to a grocery store & they were closed. I walked back to my car I let an older woman know "oh so you dont walk all the way up there, they are closed". She thanked me & we both drive to another store diwn the road. As we got out of the car together she said very sweetly, "oh well hello again dear!" & chit chated on the way in & laughed & chit chated as we continued to pass each other in the aisles. As I walked to check out she walked up behind me & said " jeez are we just ment to be grocery buddies today!?" And we chit chatted in line while they checked out what was about $50 in mostly milk bread and snacks for my son. When time came for me to pay I couldn't find my money! I was a little embarrassed and apologized to the cashier and to the woman for holding them up and said I would have to run to my car to look. The woman looked at me almost excited & said "I told you we were MENT to meet today!" and INSISTED on paying for my groceries!

Rebecca Gleason
Community Member
3 years ago

When I got to my car I looked quickly and found my money and ran over to try and give it to her and she refused it! No matter how much I insisted. I thanked her REPEATEDLY and she was so sweet and said I was very sweet and didnt have to be so friendly and chit chat with a little old woman but I did. since she wouldnt take the money anyway I told her that it actually was VERY helpful to have the extra money that week and actually teared up a little. She proceeded to hug me and tell me that she truly believed what she had said about us being ment to meet each other that day. And I promised her when I had the chance I would pay it forward! People like her are few and far between and truly a blessing!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 years ago

A heart warming story, there are kind generous people, anyone with extra money can be thoughtful, more could be done, it doesn't occur to all. A story in the news about a couple who won a lottery, the lady was seen at a grocery store buying people a turkey, I think there are better ways of her to share, find people who are in dire need for some groceries or the food bank. !!!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 years ago

"Kindness is a currency. Perhaps the only currency where the more you spend the richer you get." I'll be using this from now on.

Clair nursey
Community Member
3 years ago

So nice to read something about kindness and not of that hurts people or animals Thankyou x

KT Trondsen
Community Member
3 years ago

What a kind and generous offer. Well done Chris!

Jen Hines
Community Member
3 years ago

That just warmed my stone-cold heart. What an amazing human being!

Lilly
Community Member
3 years ago

LOVE hearing this type of feel-good, restore-my-faith-in-humanity type stories! (love his music & acting as well; what a great guy!

Kerry Ericksson
Community Member
3 years ago

Therra looks like a young Jackie Stallone

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
3 years ago

This is lovely because something that may seem insignificant to one person is everything to another person. I had something similar, i was behind a lady getting her shopping (groceries), she seemed tired and obviously had young kids because part of her stuff was nappies (diapers), she rang it all through and she didn't have enough money, i think she was short by £8, i offered to pay just because i wanted to hurry up and get my stuff and get out but after seeing her reaction, she burst into tears and thanked me like i had just saved her life or something, it was very humbling and i realised that £8 to me was nothing, i would spend that on a pizza on my way home but to her it made a difference, i was glad i was behind her that day.

Tomas Holicka
Community Member
3 years ago

I guess the world IS better than we think. Although, of course, real poverty looks different, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

Chris Pitch
Community Member
3 years ago

Infusion of joy near made me stop reading but glad I read this. Wonderful

Dave McDonald
Community Member
3 years ago

Bullshit! She went to the store with "only a gift card" but he bought almost $400 worth of food for her!? So she got all this food together knowing she "couldn't buy anything" without the gift card wtf was she doing with that much at the checkout!?

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

May have wanted to max out the card, since she didn't typically shop there. 2 people were kind to this woman who suffered so many devastating losses.

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Niall Mac Iomera
Community Member
3 years ago

Wait, after all that you worked hard and raised $1200? Commendable, but I'm wondering what ludacris is doing with his $25 million.

manowce
Community Member
3 years ago

just because you have money doesn't mean you have to give it all away.

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
3 years ago

if you're "struggling", then stop having so many "rescue pets"

manowce
Community Member
3 years ago

struggling doesn't always mean with money. and sometimes we do things for others, while not getting enough ourselves.

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Mick Fowler
Community Member
3 years ago

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Lu
Community Member
3 years ago

I really have to stop myself from poking holes, like didn’t she know it’d be 375$? Why have so many pets to support? I know, the important thing is the act of kindness regardless of the specifics.

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

She was probably fostering the animals, meaning they wouldn't be with her permanently.

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CBN2143
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3 years ago

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My only issue with what Therra has written is "black James Bond." Why not just simply "James Bond?"

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago

Because James Bond is white.

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Jason Pabst
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3 years ago

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Struggling financially and shopping at Whole Foods 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♂️

Alib
Community Member
3 years ago

Read the story, Negative Nancy.

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Larry BobJoe
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3 years ago

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if you were financially struggling, why were you shopping at whole foods? Aren't they super expensive?

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago

Did you read the story?

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Sandra McIntyre Cramer
Community Member
3 years ago

Refreshing, pure and simple. You know his Mama raised him the right way, God Bless him.

Amanda Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

I've had these mysterious super heros step into my life when my light was out a time or two. You never know what people are going through.

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

"You never know what people are going through". Damn right. Everyone has a cross to bear, some quite severe, and some peoples are harder to see than others. I literally did the hand covering the gasping open mouth under wide eyes thing after seeing the part about the woman who lost her kids and then her husband. Fuuuuuuuuuuck. I've been through some shit, but not like that. I can't even begin to comprehend. Also, Ludacris is awesome and I think I'll buy one of his albums I don't have yet on principle.

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Bumble
Community Member
3 years ago

What is nice about this story is that it isn't the giver telling it. Although I love and appreciate people give to others, I find it unsettling when they then post it all over the net whilst still claiming to be a generous stranger. This dude rocks. The story made me cry.

Janine O'Flaherty
Community Member
3 years ago

Okay, my eyeballs have officially sprung a leak. Luda is my new favorite man and this woman is my new favorite woman. So many people on this planet suck so bad, but these two are proof that there's hope for us yet.

TheKnightOwl
Community Member
3 years ago

This is beautiful. I have a similar story; my health insurance payment didn't come out as there weren't enough funds for the payment to go through. A woman from the company called me as asked if I could make the payment, but there was no way. I explained that I'd not long had a baby, and our car had needed repairing and we'd have to cancel the insurance. "But you have a young family", she said, but I just could not make the payment. Later that night I got a call from a private number; it was the woman from the insurance company. She told me she felt compelled to help, and she had chosen to pay the monthly instalment herself, and hopefully we would be able to get back on track by the next month. I was gobsmacked, and spent the next hour trying to convince her she didn't have to do that...but she did. Refused to give me her details because she didn't want to be paid back. I've never forgotten, and I hope she was blessed as much as she blessed me that day.

Melissa Nunya
Community Member
3 years ago

I worked in retail many years. You would be surprised how often this kind of thing happens especially around the holidays. Lots of great people out there. Wtg Chris ;)

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

One time, my husband and I were at a grocery store getting a cake for his birthday. When we checked out, our card was declined. We were embarrassed, and I was upset. The man in line behind us offered to pay for the cake. I know I will never forget that kind man.

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diane a
Community Member
3 years ago

One of the things makes me wish I was rich. Just to be able to do stuff like this for people. Spending a few hundred pounds randomly, on someone who had nothing.... Would make me feel so much better than spending a few thousand on myself.

marbsno
Community Member
3 years ago

This is the nicest thing I've read all day.

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

Less SJW clickbait, more this. Positive stories like this one and the one about the moms who helped the mom with 2 kids on the plane are the best way to end my evening before bed.

S Atherton
Community Member
3 years ago

Pretty impressed Luda actually does his own grocery shopping. Cool story too

Ash
Community Member
3 years ago

I knew I always liked him. <3

Ms E
Community Member
3 years ago

So nice that some ppl are glad when they get help. I bought grocieries for a ‘friend’ once, for a big sum. She told she was broke and horrified that she couldn’t give herself or cats any food. We went to the grocery store. When we came back to her place she didn’t even say thanks, asked if I could pay her bills too. I told her I don’t have money enough myself for that too. One week later she showed me she’s been shopping a soap bar for $70.. And she started being mean to me. When I got really sick she told me that it’s only in my head etc. I have stopped helping ppl too much after that. But it makes me happy to read this article.

First Name
Community Member
3 years ago

Nobody who's "struggling" shops at Whole Foods. Period.

Laura Lawson
Community Member
3 years ago

Read the whole story before commenting such judgemental crap. She specifically stated that she would never shop there but she had a gift voucher from a friend.

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Savannah Robinson
Community Member
3 years ago

I actually had a stranger pay for my baby's nappies. Nappies are quite expensive in my country and I was relatively broke at that time. Angels don't always have wings ;)

A Dyke From The Dreamworld
Community Member
3 years ago

If I win the lottery, I wanna set aside a small amount of money for myself and use the rest to help people. Just being the nice guy can get you a lot.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
3 years ago

My sweet ol' mom met him in an elevator in Seattle. Nice guy.

bre bre
Community Member
3 years ago

Anyone watching Fear Factor? :P

Josie Chaney
Community Member
3 years ago

I often think of my heart as pumice, hard and full of holes. But I’m quite literally crying on the bus. Thank you to all the angels like Ludacris, the original poster, and everyone who has helped, been helped, and shared their stories. I’m in a tough, long haul, and you all are a potent revelation. I love you. Happy Holidsys to you and yours.

Rebecca Gleason
Community Member
3 years ago

Similar story... one day I walked up to a grocery store & they were closed. I walked back to my car I let an older woman know "oh so you dont walk all the way up there, they are closed". She thanked me & we both drive to another store diwn the road. As we got out of the car together she said very sweetly, "oh well hello again dear!" & chit chated on the way in & laughed & chit chated as we continued to pass each other in the aisles. As I walked to check out she walked up behind me & said " jeez are we just ment to be grocery buddies today!?" And we chit chatted in line while they checked out what was about $50 in mostly milk bread and snacks for my son. When time came for me to pay I couldn't find my money! I was a little embarrassed and apologized to the cashier and to the woman for holding them up and said I would have to run to my car to look. The woman looked at me almost excited & said "I told you we were MENT to meet today!" and INSISTED on paying for my groceries!

Rebecca Gleason
Community Member
3 years ago

When I got to my car I looked quickly and found my money and ran over to try and give it to her and she refused it! No matter how much I insisted. I thanked her REPEATEDLY and she was so sweet and said I was very sweet and didnt have to be so friendly and chit chat with a little old woman but I did. since she wouldnt take the money anyway I told her that it actually was VERY helpful to have the extra money that week and actually teared up a little. She proceeded to hug me and tell me that she truly believed what she had said about us being ment to meet each other that day. And I promised her when I had the chance I would pay it forward! People like her are few and far between and truly a blessing!!

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sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
3 years ago

A heart warming story, there are kind generous people, anyone with extra money can be thoughtful, more could be done, it doesn't occur to all. A story in the news about a couple who won a lottery, the lady was seen at a grocery store buying people a turkey, I think there are better ways of her to share, find people who are in dire need for some groceries or the food bank. !!!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
3 years ago

"Kindness is a currency. Perhaps the only currency where the more you spend the richer you get." I'll be using this from now on.

Clair nursey
Community Member
3 years ago

So nice to read something about kindness and not of that hurts people or animals Thankyou x

KT Trondsen
Community Member
3 years ago

What a kind and generous offer. Well done Chris!

Jen Hines
Community Member
3 years ago

That just warmed my stone-cold heart. What an amazing human being!

Lilly
Community Member
3 years ago

LOVE hearing this type of feel-good, restore-my-faith-in-humanity type stories! (love his music & acting as well; what a great guy!

Kerry Ericksson
Community Member
3 years ago

Therra looks like a young Jackie Stallone

HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK
Community Member
3 years ago

This is lovely because something that may seem insignificant to one person is everything to another person. I had something similar, i was behind a lady getting her shopping (groceries), she seemed tired and obviously had young kids because part of her stuff was nappies (diapers), she rang it all through and she didn't have enough money, i think she was short by £8, i offered to pay just because i wanted to hurry up and get my stuff and get out but after seeing her reaction, she burst into tears and thanked me like i had just saved her life or something, it was very humbling and i realised that £8 to me was nothing, i would spend that on a pizza on my way home but to her it made a difference, i was glad i was behind her that day.

Tomas Holicka
Community Member
3 years ago

I guess the world IS better than we think. Although, of course, real poverty looks different, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

Chris Pitch
Community Member
3 years ago

Infusion of joy near made me stop reading but glad I read this. Wonderful

Dave McDonald
Community Member
3 years ago

Bullshit! She went to the store with "only a gift card" but he bought almost $400 worth of food for her!? So she got all this food together knowing she "couldn't buy anything" without the gift card wtf was she doing with that much at the checkout!?

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

May have wanted to max out the card, since she didn't typically shop there. 2 people were kind to this woman who suffered so many devastating losses.

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Niall Mac Iomera
Community Member
3 years ago

Wait, after all that you worked hard and raised $1200? Commendable, but I'm wondering what ludacris is doing with his $25 million.

manowce
Community Member
3 years ago

just because you have money doesn't mean you have to give it all away.

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Valerie Lessard
Community Member
3 years ago

if you're "struggling", then stop having so many "rescue pets"

manowce
Community Member
3 years ago

struggling doesn't always mean with money. and sometimes we do things for others, while not getting enough ourselves.

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Mick Fowler
Community Member
3 years ago

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Lu
Community Member
3 years ago

I really have to stop myself from poking holes, like didn’t she know it’d be 375$? Why have so many pets to support? I know, the important thing is the act of kindness regardless of the specifics.

BusLady
Community Member
3 years ago

She was probably fostering the animals, meaning they wouldn't be with her permanently.

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CBN2143
Community Member
3 years ago

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My only issue with what Therra has written is "black James Bond." Why not just simply "James Bond?"

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago

Because James Bond is white.

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Jason Pabst
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3 years ago

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Struggling financially and shopping at Whole Foods 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♂️

Alib
Community Member
3 years ago

Read the story, Negative Nancy.

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Larry BobJoe
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3 years ago

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if you were financially struggling, why were you shopping at whole foods? Aren't they super expensive?

Aahzmandus Pervect
Community Member
3 years ago

Did you read the story?

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