A WOMAN short of a penny when buying her groceries was left stunned after nobody offered to help.
Vee Hoffman – who has struggled after losing her bar job in March – says she wasn’t allowed to leave the Honolulu store without paying the shortfall in her bill.
She was charged 47 cents for three bags to hold her groceries and thought she had enough in her bank account.
"Which I did not, it just pulled out thirty-seven cents, and I had only nine pennies on me and was a penny short,” she told KITV4.
Vee then she asked the others waiting in line if they could spare one but no one could help her.
"Not a lot of us have cash these days and it really showed that day."
Luckily the store manager then walked by and wrote off the penny for her.
"We're in times where it brings out certain sides of us, but it's up to us to choose what we want to do with our opportunities and choices," Vee said.
"We really try to hang on to that aloha spirit, but it's really hard when you're in the dark."
Vee was working as a bartender in Hawaii before getting laid off and has struggled to find a job since, despite even applying for positions on the mainland.
She’s been collecting unemployment insurance but it's not enough to cover her rent alone.
"I juggle each month, which bill I'm going to pay, which one can I afford to pay, and it's just a never ending nightmare," she said.
"It's really frustrating to be living in one of the most expensive places in the world, and having to go through this when we shouldn't have to."
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