Paying-it-forward doesn’t pay off for Okanagan woman
KELOWNA, B.C. – RCMP responded to reports of a disturbance at a Kelowna thrift store Tuesday night after a woman offering to pay for other people’s items wouldn’t leave the premises.
Cst. Jessica Edwards said Value Village staff asked the Vernon woman to leave the store, but she refused until police showed up.
RCMP said the woman was not arrested and left on her own following their request.
Value Village said no one was available to comment and forwarded us to their PR department in Seattle, which has yet to call back.
Alysha George called Global News to report the woman’s good deed, having had items for herself, her sister and their children paid for.
When asked, the woman gave the name “Karen Phil” and said she was 56.
George said the woman told people she had inherited a lot of money and wanted to do something good for others.
The Kelowna woman said ‘Karen’s’ husband was there as well, waiting in an SUV in the parking lot.
RCMP said that is not the woman’s real name or age, and would only confirm she is from Vernon.
George believes the woman used a credit card to pay for her items, as well as dozens of others while shopping Tuesday night at Value Village.
It’s unclear how much money the woman spent at the store.
According to George, she heard the manager-on-duty tell ‘Karen’ she was banned from the store for life for causing a disturbance.
George would like to thank the generous woman for helping her family and wants Value Village to apologize for their rude behaviour.
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