A woman who was short of a penny to pay for her food shopping was left shocked after no-one offered to help.
After being charged for shopping bags, Vee Hoffman was short by just 1p for her shopping bill at a supermarket.
And with no fellow shoppers stepping in to cover the tiny cost, Vee was told she could not leave with her shopping without paying the full amount.
Vee, from Honolulu in Hawaii, told KITV : “We’re in a time where a penny goes a long way.
“Not a lot of us have cash these days and it really showed that day”.
Vee said she was charged 47 cents for three bags, but didn’t quite have enough spare change to cover the cost.
“It just pulled out 37 cents, and I had only nine pennies on me, and was a penny short,” she added.
She said the cashier did not allow her to leave the store without paying the last penny, so she asked the other shoppers in line if they could spare one, but no one could help her.
The store manager then walked by, and decided to write off the remainder of the bill.
“We’re in times where it brings out certain sides of us, but it’s up to us to choose what we want to do with our opportunities and choices,” Vee said.
“We really try to hang on to that aloha spirit, but it’s really hard when you’re in the dark.”
Vee admitted she is struggling to pay bills due to the coronavirus pandemic, which saw her lose her job as a bartender in March.
Despite several job applications and claiming unemployment insurance, she said it is not enough to cover her rent.
Vee explained: “I juggle each month, which bill I’m going to pay, which one can I afford to pay, and it’s just a never ending nightmare.”
Vee expressed her frustrations that despite living in a pricey area of the world, she struggles to get by financially.
“It’s really frustrating to be living in one of the most expensive places in the world, and having to go through this when we shouldn’t have to,” she said.