Some PEP store customers received an extra special holiday season gift from a total stranger this year. In a gesture of goodwill, a stranger payed off 363 clients lay-by bills at a PEP store branch in Mossel Bay.
According to City Press, the bill totalled R337,000 and each person received a note signed the “Grateful humanist.”
The note said: “I am grateful that I’m [in a] position [to] settle your PEP Store lay-by. I know it’s up to people to help people. It’s just the decent thing for all of us to do, disregarding any religious beliefs. I also had lay-bys at PEP a long time ago.”
Suzette Wessels, PEP Stores’ regional manager for the Outeniqua district, confirmed that the benefactor paid outstanding balances of between R10 and R1 300 for 363 clients.
“It was really painful for me to let the dresses go. The lay-by was the first time I was spoiling myself this year – because I always put my children first,” she told City Press.
Peterse didn’t believe the shop assistant at first and thought she was being pranked.
The shop phones all the clients to inform them and ask them to come pick up their packages.