Woman left in tears at Asda petrol station thanks staff member paid for her fuel – The Mirror

Sophie Newton had visited five petrol stations before she finally found one with fuel when her gauge reached zero – but was left in floods of tears when she realised she was unable to pay

An Asda petrol station
The Asda petrol station was the only one Sophie could find with fuel left (

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A woman who was left in floods of tears after feeling stranded at a petrol station has thanked an Asda security guard who looked after her.

Sophie Newton had visited five petrol stations in the Golborne area of Wigan with no luck, but eventually found some at an Asda Superstore and joined the queue.

With her fuel gauge now showing zero miles, Sophie noticed the kiosk was closed as she got closer to the pump, meaning she wouldn’t be able to use Apple Pay as she had planned, Manchester Evening News reports.

Sophie began desperately asking other customers if they would pay for her fuel and for her to immediately repay them through a bank transfer, but no one agreed.

Sophie had almost completely run out of fuel
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She told Manchester Evening News: “It was awful. I kept saying I felt really embarrassed that I had to ask for someone’s help.

“I’m a very independent person and will do anything for myself.

“By this point it was getting up to two hours and I was really upset and emotional. I pulled my car and had a cry to myself and thought, ‘What am I going to do?’ My partner was 45 minutes away.”

An Asda security guard who was managing the queue spotted her visibly upset and helped to calm her down, allowing her to park in a car wash bay until a family member could arrive to help.

Sophie says she was “crying my eyes out by this point”, and the employee named James stayed chatting with her until her partner Adam was able to show up and pay for the fuel.

“I felt so alone, scared and embarrassed,” she said. “I felt awful in general so it meant the world for him to be there.”

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