Newlyweds look for stranger after broken down car is paid for on honeymoon

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Columbia couple is on the hunt for a kind stranger who paid the repair bill to fix their car after it broke down on their honeymoon.

Whitney and Sean Moore, both 25, tied the knot in the ceremony of their dreams on Friday, September 25th.

After the wedding, the couple left for their honeymoon in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Courtesy: MSL Photography/Sean and Whitney Moore
Courtesy: MSL Photography/Sean and Whitney Moore

“We thought we had been smart about the decision to drive his car down there. My car has been acting up so we were like, ‘Oh, ok, we’ll drive your car.’ Little did we know there was more in store for us,” Whitney told News 2.

While on vacation, their car broke down and would not start.

That’s when some compassionate strangers came across the couple in need.

“A nice couple saw us struggling. We had jumper cables and they offered to move over and jump us. Unfortunately, it didn’t work,” said Whitney.

The good Samaritans then gave them $100 to help with the repairs.

“They gave us some money and said, ‘Congratulations! I’m sorry and I hope this helps you fix the car.’ We were so grateful and I was crying already,” Whitney, who works as a server at Bucky’s Family Restaurant in Columbia said.

She continued, “That’s when I just lost it. I cried and hugged his neck. I hugged his wife and it was amazing. It was awesome. I could not believe it.”

The couple told News 2 the car was towed to Gulf Shores Service Center.

Courtesy: Whitney and Sean Moore
Courtesy: Whitney and Sean Moore

The newlyweds were bracing themselves for a big repair bill but when they went to pay it they were told it was already taken care of.

“I said, ‘What’s the damage?’ They were like, ‘No, it’s alright.’ I said, ‘Well, what do I owe you?’ and they were like, ‘The keys are in it and you’re good to go,’” said Sean.

Whitney said she was moved to tears by the second incredible act of kindness.

“I was hugging the mechanics and everybody there. I did not know who it was,” said Whitney.

The newlyweds would like to find the mystery person to say thank you.

“That kind of stuff never happens and it happened twice in one day. There are still good people in the world,” the couple told News 2.

“They turned a really bad time into a blessing. It’s something we will never forget. They didn’t have to do that. We will always remember our honeymoon.”

The couple said they hope the good Samaritan and the mystery stranger know how much they appreciate the kind gesture and someday hope to pay it forward.

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