A California Toys R Us just got a visit from the American Express angel. A mystery woman described only as a “retired grandma” surprised and delighted shoppers at a Culver City store Friday by swooping in with her plastic to pay for holiday purchases.
“She was very quiet and unassuming and nobody in line had a clue what was going on,” said Laura Yoo, who was behind about 20 people to pay when she first spotted the good-hearted grandma.
There were several open checkout lines at the busy store and the grandma and a sidekick staked out two.
“They had one Amex card and were passing it back and forth between two lines swiping and signing,” Yoo said. “People were excited and crying.”
Yoo said the grandma paid for at least 50 people, many who rolled up to check out with carts heaped with toys.
When Yoo got to the cashier with a Ninjago Lego set for her 6-year-old-son and beading kit for her 4-year-old daughter, the granny’s assistant stepped up and offered to pay her $54 bill.