A 37-year-old mother went to a local Payless and walked away with thousand pairs of shoes.
Carrie Jernigan from Arkansas was checking out a store that was closing down when her daughter asked if they could purchase a pair of Avengers shoes for her classmate whose shoes were too small for him.
“I was like, ‘Of course,’” Jernigan told KFSM. “I just said, ‘How much for the rest of the shoes in the store?’ I was almost joking and I could see the clerk’s face and her wheels start to turn and she finished checking me out. She said, ‘Can I have your number?’”
The store manager called Jernigan and informed her that there were almost 1,500 shoes in the store.
“I always tell my kids, if you ask them what they want to be when they grow up, they say be kind, and so I don’t care what they do in life as long as they are kind and good people,” she told the outlet. “And so it just reiterates to me that their hearts are in the right place, and if it’s in the right place they can do amazing things.”
Jernigan and local school board’s president “took home nearly $21,000 worth of merchandise – the majority of which she saved from the store’s blowout sale.”
The 37-year-old mother “intends to donate roughly 1,100 pairs to kids and local schools and give the remaining shoes to adults in need.”
Earlier this year, Payless announced that they will be closing down 2,100 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico.
“Payless will begin liquidation sales at its U.S. and Puerto Rico stores on February 17, 2019, and is winding down its e-commerce operations,” said a spokesperson of Payless, adding that “this process does not affect the Company’s franchise operations or its Latin American stores, which remain open for business as usual.”
Jernigan’s story has also inspired others to donate. “They will be partnering with Kibler Baptist Church and will also be giving away school supplies,” according to KFSM.
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