Ludacris Helped Out A Stranger Without Realizing Just How Much She Needed It

"He used his personal light to fire up my own."

An Atlanta woman's account of her recent encounter with Ludacris is going viral for all the right reasons. The woman, whom Huffington Post identifies as freelance writer Therra Jaramillo, posted on both Twitter and Facebook that she initially had no idea the man who paid for her groceries was the famous rapper.


As Jaramillo wrote on Twitter, she was checking out at Whole Foods when she says "the food for my 4 rescued dogs & 2 rescued cats (and elderly, blind chicken named Dixie Licklighter)" got mixed in with items belonging to the man in front of her. When she alerted the cashier, the man told her, "I might as well get it."

The kind stranger, whom she later learned from the cashier was actually Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, ended up paying for all of her groceries — worth $375. "I stared wide-eyed at this handsome young stranger as if he'd just dropped through the ceiling like a black James Bond, like a Batman, like the Black Panther," Jaramillo wrote. "Then I started to cry."

Jaramillo went on to explain that she had been going through a "rough time" recently, and couldn't actually afford to shop at Whole Foods were it not for a gift card from her friend. "I've struggled in ways I didn't know a human could struggle and still survive," she wrote, detailing how her husband died of brain cancer, and she lost her mother due to Hurricane Katrina. 

She also wrote on Facebook that she has a "disabled brother," and was going through an especially hard time financially as she recently had to purchase a new water heater and had not received a freelance writing payment she was owed.

"What Ludacris had no way of knowing is that his quiet kindness and generous gesture came at a moment when my candle was out," she wrote. "He used his personal light to fire up my own. Isn't that what we should be doing for each other?"

The fun twist in this story, which E! News reportedly confirmed, is that Jaramillo is a fan of Ludacris' 2001 hit "Rollout (My Business)." However, as she told CNN, "I was crying so much that I wouldn't have even been able to recognize Elvis."

Jaramillo encouraged those reading her account to "be like Ludacris," adding, "I know I'm gonna give it a try."

Read Jaramillo's full Twitter thread below:

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