Local Business Owner ‘Pays it Forward’

Liz Humphries, owner of Blythewood Consignment Shop on Main Street in Blythewood, recently loaned a stranger $5 for fuel for his pickup truck. “And then,” she said, “to my surprise, I got this!” (Photo/Barbara Ball)

Liz Humphries, owner of Blythewood Consignment Shop on Main Street in Blythewood, recently loaned a stranger $5 for fuel for his pickup truck. “And then,” she said, “to my surprise, I got this!” (Photo/Barbara Ball)

BLYTHEWOOD (Dec. 18, 2016) – It’s not unusual for strangers to walk in to Liz Humphries Blythewood Consignment shop on Main Street. It happens every day.

“They’re called customers,” she said with a laugh.

Just before Thanksgiving, however, a stranger came in who was not a customer.

“He said he was lost and had run out of gas trying to find his way back to the interstate. He needed $5 for gas to get home to Columbia,” Humphries recalled.

“I didn’t know if he really needed the money for gas or what. But he seemed down on his luck, and I couldn’t not help him. It could have been one of my kids needing help. So I gave him the $5 and kissed it good-bye,” she said.

“Then last Friday I opened my mail and found an envelope with a $5 bill and a nice note inside thanking me for the loan,” Humphries said.

“People are good.” she said with a smile.