A regular trip to the grocery store turned into anything but for a six-year-old girl who discovered a surprise inside a note sitting on a shelf in the cereal aisle.
Daphne Kenny was strolling through Raley's Supermarket in Sacramento, in the US state of California, with her mum, Danica, when something caught her eye, CNN reported.
Rather than it being an ordinary grocery list left behind by another shopper, the note appeared to have been dumped specifically for someone to find.
“Whoever finds this, I love you,” it read with a US$100 note, the equivalent of almost AU$150, enclosed.
Her mum initially suspected it could be fake, but was able to confirm it was legitimate using her previous experience working at a bank.
“To her a penny is the same as a $100 bill. So I told her, ‘You found $100’, and I told her that it was a lot of money,” Danica told CNN.
The mum admitted she had been tempted to use the money for groceries, but ended up letting her daughter keep it to spend it on something for herself.
“I don't think I would have appreciated it to the level that she did,” she said.
Daphne took the money straight to Build-A-Bear, a store allowing customers to customise their own bears, and picked up two new plush cats.
The mum hoped that by sharing their experience it would help others realise the kind of impact “something small” can have on someone’s happiness.
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