When Ruth Reed, a substitute teacher, offered to help pay for a man’s cup of coffee when he was short on cash, she assumed he was struggling. Reed has a goal of helping out a stranger once a week, so she didn’t hesitate to step up. After jumping in to pay, the man introduced himself, saying his name was Keith.
The encounter took place at a Wawa in Medford, New Jersey. In a Facebook post, Reed, a former third-grade teacher and current substitute, explained why she offered to help.
“For three years I have made a resolution to once a week treat someone at WAWA,” she wrote. “Occasionally it happens more than once a week.”
After attending a trivia night, Reed went to Wawa and had the opportunity to lend someone a hand.
“This man was short a few dollars, asked a lady with him if she had money. I jumped in and said I would pay and explained why,” she continued in her post.
The man thanked her and asked for her name. Then, he introduced himself as Keith.
“I said that he did look like Keith Urban, he said he was,” Reed continued.
Initially, Reed was skeptical. “I didn’t believe him, I asked where Nicole was and who was the lady. He told me it was his sister.”
Urban invited Reed to ask his bodyguard and, according to a report by Fox News, received confirmation that the man was, in fact, Keith Urban, the famous country singer.
“It was then I realized what an idiot I was,” said Reed.
Urban was in the area for an upcoming show, scheduled to take place at the BB&T in Camden. He had apparently popped into the store to secure some items, not realizing he was short on cash.
Reed wasn’t aware that Urban had a performance scheduled in the area prior to their meeting.