On Sunday my colleague David posted a poignant remembrance of Paul Walker and how he really was the Bro many of us wish we could be. Here's another reason why every guy out there should be a little bit more like Paul. It's an incredible story of the actor's selflessness.
Over a decade ago Paul Walker was shopping in a jewelry store in Santa Barbara. A soldier who had just returned from Iraq was shopping at the same store with his fiancée. The clerk, Irene King, recalled what happened next. Via CBS Los Angeles:
“The Fast and the Furious” star was shopping in the store at the same time as a soldier who had just finished up his first tour of duty in Iraq. The soldier was heading overseas again and was shopping with his fiancee, looking at engagement rings.
“She saw something that she really, really liked, but he said, ‘Honey, I can’t afford that,’” King said.
That “something” was a $10,000 engagement set, King said. Walker had overheard the conversation.
“He called the manager and he said, ‘Umm, the ring that those people are looking at – put it on my tab,’” King remembered. “Soon after that, he just left.”
When the couple asked whom to thank, the store said it was an anonymous gift
The jewelry story clerks kept it a secret until Walker's death, when they wanted to point out how great of a guy he was. King’s son shared the story on Walker's Facebook page after Walker’s death, noting “To do something like that to a perfect stranger is just unbelievable."
Be more like Paul Walker, Bros.