Melody Teh

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Thu, 14 Jan, 2016

Stranger pays for random mum’s parking tickets

Stranger pays for random mum’s parking tickets

A Northland mum is praising people with "so much love to give to others" after a kind stranger paid her parking ticket.

Sheena Mareikura copped a $50 fine after she stayed too long in a 90-minute car park at St Lukes Mall in Auckland.

But a kind stranger anonymously left money to cover the fine, as well as a note, under her windscreen wiper with the ticket, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Mareikura, a mother of four, drives to St Lukes from Kawakawa every weekend so her 13-year-old son can train with IDentity dance crew in Auckland, an award-winning hip-hop group.

She was in the mall killing time until he finished, but hadn't realised she was in a 90-minute spot. When she spotted the ticket, her first thought was, "Oh well, that's justified". But she hoped the fine wouldn't be a large sum.

But $50 was more than Mareikura was expecting. Then she spotted a note under the ticket. It was wrapped around a $50 note, and read: "I notice you got a parking ticket - I'm sure it's the last thing you need (esp. when your rego expires in a few days). Let this cover it. God bless."

Mareikura told the New Zealand Herald she wanted to thank the stranger for their kindness.

"I just couldn't believe there are people out there who would be so kind and to do that for someone else," she said.

"I appreciate that there are people in this world who have so much love to give to others."

 First appeared on Stuff.co.nz.

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