Sarah Cowan, 48, put her Aldi shopping in the wrong car while visiting her local Aldi store in Dumfries, Scotland, and only realised her mistake when she parked up at home and discovered her boot was empty
A mum who loaded her Aldi haul into the wrong car and then drove home was over-the-moon when a Good Samaritan returned her shopping.
Sarah Cowan, 48, had visited her local store in Dumfries, Scotland, after finishing a long shift at work, and spent £75 on a weekly food shop.
She unpacked the goods into her silver Nissan Qashqai, returned her trolley and headed home – but was left at a loss for words to find her boot was empty.
Shockingly, the mum-of-one realised that she’d put her shopping and her handbag, worth £250, into the wrong car boot after parking next to exact same model of her car.
Fearing her shopping and beloved handbag were gone forever, hotel worker Sarah couldn’t believe her luck when Aldi confirmed her belongings had been handed in.
Now reunited and still bemused by her mistake, grateful Sarah’s only wish is to thank the honest driver who returned her shopping.
Sarah, who lives in Hightae, near Lockerbie, Dumfries, said: “It was such a lovely surprise, I couldn’t believe that someone had handed them in.
“It just goes to show that there are some good people still out there.
“With the state of how the whole world is at the moment, it’s been so lovely to see such a kind gesture.
“I’m so grateful to get not only the shopping back, but my handbag too – it was the last present from my late grandfather so had great sentimental value too.”
Sarah had already been unhappy about having to do the shopping after her husband Darren, 48, suggested she buy the groceries on the way home from work.
She said: “I was absolutely exhausted and just wanted to go home.
“I did the food shop as quick as I could and thought I’d milk it so told Darren he had to run me a nice, hot bath to come home to.
“My car is a new one and you don’t need to press anything on your keys to open the car, it just unlocks as you walk towards it with the keys still in your pocket.
“I opened the boot and saw that it looked slightly different to normal. It was like the bottom where the spare wheel usually is had been moved, so I wondered why Darren had done that.
“I was tired so I just put the shopping in, returned the trolley and went straight home.”
Returning home from the shop, Sarah instructed process technician Darren to unpack the shopping whilst she jumped in the bath but was baffled when he called up the stairs to say the boot was empty.
Sarah said: “He was shouting up the stairs and asking where the shopping was – I thought, what is he doing?
“I told him there were two big blue Ikea laundry bags in the boot alongside my dusty pink handbag but he insisted the boot was empty.
“I was annoyed enough before having to go downstairs, but then I saw the empty boot and slowly realised I must have unlocked the wrong car and put my shopping in the wrong boot.”
Sarah believes that she had parked her motor next to the exact same model of car – placing her shopping into the other car’s boot before returning her trolley and then getting into her own car to go home.
Amazingly, the honest driver who discovered Sarah’s shopping and handbag in the boot had handed the lot into Aldi where Darren collected the groceries from.
Grateful for the safe return, Sarah only wishes that the kind stranger had left their name so she could have thanked them for the sweet gesture.
She said: “I honestly thought I’d lost everything.
“I rang customer services and explained the weird situation, but couldn’t believe it when they said someone had handed the lot in.
“I sent Darren to collect everything straight away but just wish I knew who the honest, kind stranger was so I could send them flowers or something.”