Jaramillo said she nervously tried to stop the cashier scanning the items, realizing the $250 gift card wasn’t going to be enough. “I hadn’t added things in my head correctly,” she said on Facebook. “My head hasn’t worked all month due to stress.”
That’s when the man said, “I got this,” Jaramillo said.
Jaramillo said she couldn’t believe the kind gesture taking place right before her eyes. The size of the kindness: $375, the total bill.
“I stared wide-eyed at this handsome young African-American man, this stranger, as if he’d just dropped through the ceiling like a black James Bond,” she said on Facebook.
The stranger now introduced himself as Chris, and as he asked Jaramillo about the dogs she rescues, she began to cry.
“They’ll make sure you get all this out to your car, OK? Do you need any help?” he asked.
“I was crying so much that I wouldn’t have even been able to recognize Elvis,” Jaramillo told CNN. She recalled staring at him, thinking, “Does this guy know he’s an angel?”
It wasn’t until the man left that the cashier identified him as Ludacris.
CNN’s attempts to reach Ludacris for comment were unsuccessful.
Throughout all of her financial hardships, Jaramillo said, she has believed in the power of paying it forward. She is urging everyone to follow Ludacris’ example.
“You never know a stranger’s full story when you reach out a hand and yank them into a better place,” she said.