Ruth Reed is a wonderful person who helped a complete stranger at a Wawa store with his food bill. See, Ruth thought that this man was just another person that she could help as she made it a new year resolution to do so. Little did she know that the man she helped was actually a huge music sensation on the way to perform at his own concert. The following is a recollection of what happened that fateful Friday night in New Jersey.
Ruth Reed and her husband have made it a habit to pick up people’s tabs at Wawa. A few years ago, she made it a new year’s resolution to do it weekly.
So, on the 3rd of August, a Friday, when she saw a customer in front of her at the Wawa on route 541 on Medford having trouble paying for his food, she made it her mission to take care of his bill.
What is Wawa?
Wawa, for those who don’t know, is a company that started in 1803 in New Jersey. The first Wawa Food Market was opened in 1964 as an outlet for dairy products.
Today, Wawa is your all day, everyday stop for fresh, built-to-order foods, beverages, coffee, fuel services, and surcharge-free ATMs.
Next: Find out who this star is
The Hidden Star
Back to this man who was having trouble paying for his bill. Ruth said, “it looked like he was using a card and it didn’t go through.”
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“And then he asked a young lady for $5 and I thought ‘this is it’, no ‘I’ll get it.’” But as she was paying, she kept thinking this guy looks familiar.
Now, little did she know that the man she was about to help pay the bill for was actually an extremely famous singer.
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Perhaps she didn’t recognize him at first because he was younger than her but she definitely didn’t know at first who this world-renowned singer was.
Next: More about Wawa
Things Close By This Wawa
If you’re ever thinking of visiting this Wawa and possibly spotting Ruth know that there are great things to do around the area.
There is the Bear Swamp Preserve at Red Lion, which doesn’t have bears or lions but is a lovely place to walk through nature and spot some warblers. There are other things to do nearby and we’ll take a look at that later.
He then asked the lady what her name was where she replied, “Ruth.” He then told her his name and then she started to click things place.
She proceeded to tell this man that he looks like a very famous well-known singer and he admitted that he was that singer to which she replied: “No, you’re not.”
Next: Clues to his identity
Who is This Singer?
Well let’s give you some clues as to the identity of this famous singer. He is well known as being a judge on one of the biggest singing shows on television.
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He has also been chosen to be a mentor on another huge international singing show on television. He is obviously well respected among his singing community.
Getting Snappy with a Megastar
Ruth actually did not believe the Grammy-award-winning-singer and got a bit snappy with him telling him “No, you are not.”
She even went so far as to ask him where his wife was and to actually say “who was that woman you were with?”
Next: Activities around this Wawa
Close to this particular Wawa are also the Medford Lakes. Medford Lakes allows for summer camps, taking rides on canoes and playing on the beach.
At these very tranquil lakes, there are also Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, a Garden Club, and Athletic Association. There are activities for all ages.
An International Star
So, this singer actually comes from abroad. He is just so good that he made it into the American music market.
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In a way, it’s really nice that he comes from a different continent as he adds his country’s mannerisms and warmth to his music.
Next: Getting your superstars mixed up
Getting Singers Confused
Ruth admitted on the “Pickler & Ben” show that, at first, she had thought that the man in front of her was the lead singer of the band Bon Jovi, Jon Bon Jovi.
Ruth also admitted on the show that treating others makes her feel better even if she is in a bad mood. She also admitted that, at first, the singer said no but she insisted on helping him out.
At Wawa, there is a large range of food and beverages to choose from. It’s no wonder that this star stopped off at Wawa.
Their breakfast looks delicious and consists of a “Sizzli” which is a sausage, egg and cheese waffle. The price of it is also a real bargain. You can get two for $3.33!
Next: Finally convinced
Realizing the Truth
She obviously needed a lot of convincing. The singer then told her that the woman was his sister which Ruth finally believed.
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It was only when she noticed the star’s bodyguards that she realized she had paid for one of the biggest singers alive today.
A Very Humble Star
This particular singer must have been very humbled by the fact that Ruth did not recognize him at first. We are sure it was a relief at first.
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You see, besides being a very good singer, this star also happens to be very good looking and no doubt gets girls from all over running after him for a “selfie.”
Next: Something for every weather
Serving Different Temperatures
The food at Wawa is very varied. They have a selection of soups for the cold weather such as Broccoli Cheddar, New England Clam Chowder, Chicken Noodle, and more.
For warmer weather, Wawa has a variety of ice-cream flavors to tantalize any taste buds. Their flavors include Strawberry Shortcake, Butter Pecan, Coffee, Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip and more!
She then admits having fallen apart and expressed that the star was gracious and that the star stuck some money in the donation box at the register.
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The star then took a delightful picture of the two of them where Ruth looks over the moon and happy beyond words.
Next: Someone extraordinary
Not an Ordinary Star
Now, this star is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill singer. He has a dramatic story of triumphing over addiction.
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He is also part of a power couple. His wife is exceptionally famous and has been gracing our movie screens for decades.
Taking Care of the Kids
Wawa is really great. Not do they only offer career opportunities but they also offer internships for students.
They have a “College Graduate Leadership Program” to give them the necessary skills to excel in the store environment.
Next: A good soul
Words Of Kindness
She says of the star, “(and) he really could have said, ‘lady get away from me’, and he didn’t. He was very kind.”
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In fact, she seems to be very taken aback by just how kind this megastar was to her. Bet you are wondering just who this singer is!
On One Condition
Ruth Reed obviously got a lot of attention after this story broke out but decided to do an interview with “CBS 3 Eyewitness News” on one condition.
The condition was that the news team tell others about the importance of doing acts of kindness. Obviously, Ruth is a very kind person.
Next: Getting personal
This Star’s Personal Life
The singer here has two children with his beautiful wife. They have been married for 13 years and really love each other.
This couple lives in America which is very convenient for her in-demand acting career and his music career.
Wawa Does Good
Wawa helps the community where funding is needed such as for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Pediatric Rehabilitation Services programs.
They also have a partnership with Communities in Schools Miami to bring the Wawa Book Club literacy program to local elementary schools near their stores in Miami.
Next: Finally, the singer is exposed
The Big Reveal
Can you guess who we’ve been speaking about? Well, he’s a foreigner, married to a very famous actress and sports many tattoos.
Ok, well here goes! It’s none other than country superstar Keith Urban. Yes, Keith Urban ran short of cash and Ruth Reed helped him out!
Social Media Reaction
Ruth Reed’s action to help the superstar pay for his snacks inspired a lot of positive feedback on social media.
Her former student who shared the story on Twitter, Olivia Prouse, called Reed an “angel.” Sirius XM radio shared the photo and told Reed, “you rock.” Additional comments on that thread commended Reed.
Next: Keith Urban’s big win
Entertainer of the Year
Keith Urban is on such a roll that he was actually named ‘Entertainer of the Year’ at the 52nd CMA Awards in Nashville in 2018.rollingstone.com
Keith Urban has been pumping out hits for a very long time and it’s wonderful that he won the ‘Entertainer of the Year.’
Keith Urban was actually born in Whangarei, New Zealand. He lived with his parents in Caboolture, Queensland, Australia.
Keith is so down to earth as he comes from this area of the world and people in Australia are known for being friendly and warm.
Next: Where it all began
His Music Origins
Urban started taking guitar lessons from a lady called Sue McCarthy. He started entering local competitions as well as acting in a local theater company.
His biggest guitar playing influencers are Mark Knopfler from Dire Straits and Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac.
In 1983, Urban was a contestant on the Australian TV talent show ‘New Faces.’ Later, after a few years, he found himself in the Australian country music scene.
He was a regular on TV programs and performed duets with local Brisbane girl Jenny Wilson. Together, they won a Golden Guitar award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
Next: Steps to making it
Signing A Contract
In 1990, Urban signed with EMI in Australia and released his self-titled album. In 2001 he took home the award for ‘Top New Male Vocalist’ at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
In 2005, Urban performed in front of European audiences for the very first time. He also supported Bryan Adams on his UK and Ireland tour.
Meeting His Wife
Keith Urban met his wife Nicole Kidman at “G’Day LA” which is a Hollywood event honoring Australians in January 2005.
Nicole Kidman’s Journey
Reportedly they only began dating six months later. They got married on the 25th of June, 2006. This was Nicole’s second marriage as she had a very high-profile marriage with Tom Cruise for many years.
Next: Faith on Sunday
Keith and Nicole have two lovely children together called Sunday Rose Kidman Urban and Faith Margaret Kidman Urban.
Keith is step-father to Nicole’s other children Connor Cruise and Isabella Jane Cruise with whom she raised with Tom Cruise. They are adopted.
Nicole is a gorgeous actress born in Hawaii, raised in Australia and found fame in America. For a long time, she was referred to as “Mrs. Tom Cruise.”
She is the first Australian actress to win the Oscar for Best Actress. She won the award for 2003’s “The Hours.” She is an A-lister on her own and is known for her acting as well as exquisite beauty.
Next: Living spaces
Keith and Nicole own a beautiful Tennessee Farm House. Their home is quite humble compared to many celebrity mansions – but people need to remember that Keith and Nicole were raised in Australia where life is simpler.
Taste of Country
The house is priced at $2.75 million and they actually put it on the market. It has a three-car garage, recreation rooms, an office as well as a utility ban.
Keith has at least 6 tattoos each with a special significance or memory. He has a tattoo of his wife’s name on his bicep as well as her initials on his wrist.
Other Keith Urban tattoos include an eagle on his right shoulder blade, a phoenix on his left forearm, and a sun tattooed on his chest.
Next: A wonderful person
A Really Nice Guy
Keith is known for being a really wonderful guy by entertainers in the music industry. He is known for being a very warm guy.
Country singer, Carrie Underwood, said of him, “Keith is absolutely amazing. It’s so much fun to get to share the stage with him,” Carrie Underwood previously shared with E! News. “He’s such a nice guy, such a family guy. When we were shooting the video [for “The Fighter”] Nicole stopped by, his daughters were there. It’s nice to be around somebody like that.”