Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Customer waiting for hours gives last generator to fellow shopper

Customer waiting for hours gives last generator to fellow shopper

Pam Brekke needed a generator and was at a Lowe's in Central Florida. She traveled 30 miles from her home to a store in Orlando and was next in line to purchase a generator when the final unit was given to the customer standing before her in line. Then, a customer with a generator in his cart approached her and told her she could have it.

Brekke said she spent days staring at empty store shelves.

Brekke's elderly father is on oxygen and she was anxious Irma would knock power out at her home, leaving the family without a way to help her dad. "He's a stranger. He's an angel from God is what he is". She said she experienced the hurricanes of 2004 and knew what was coming.

Despite a language barrier, Brekke was able to thank Santiago and the two shared a hug.

"She need the generator - it's ok She need it", said Santiago. She said she had just finished her shift doing the morning news and was queuing with a pile of batteries in preparation for the storm.

"I'm very overwhelmed by that man", Brekke told the network.

After Santiago had been a #Good Samaritan, giving Brekke her much-needed generator, other people from all over the country now wanted to help him.

As a follow-up, the station that covered the story initially - WFTV-TV - took it upon themselves to make sure Santiago got a generator himself.

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