A Store In Texas Let Customers Walk Out With Food During The Power Outages

Last week, a store in Texas let customers walk out with free food.

The H-E-B Plus on U.S. 183 was bustling with customers, each one hoping to bring home food to their families during the unprecedented winter storm that devastated Texas. However, before everyone could checked-out, the power flickered off.

For days, the whole state of Texas experienced rolling power outages, with some areas losing power for three or four days in freezing temperatures. When the H-E-B store lost power, they lost the ability to use their cash registers and ring up customers for their goods.

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But rather than send everyone away empty-handed, the store decided to let people walk out with free food.

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According to a post on Twitter, this isn’t the only instance that H-E-B let people take goods without paying. When Twitter user @KelWil65 shared a similar story of H-E-B allowing people to take free food during a power outage, H-E-B confirmed the story to be true.

Photo: Twitter / KelWil65

According to that post, after the power went out, the store “allowed people to continue to shop for another 10-15 minutes after the power went out and then let everyone leave the store without so much as a single dollar being” collected. How awesome is that?

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It seems that H-E-B’s generosity became contagious. According to the Washington Post, when the store let people take the free food home, a shopper named Tim Hennesey said, “Everybody started helping each other.” People were assisting each other with loading groceries and getting carts unstuck from the snow. It seems that the act of kindness created a large ripple effect.

When faced with challenging times, the world could use more businesses like H-E-B.

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