A hunt has been launched for a mystery woman who paid for someone's shopping after their card was declined.

The hero helped out a customer who had just finished a night shift who walked out the store empty handed after her card was declined at the till.

But, the anonymous shopper helped the woman at by paying for her items at Littlepace Shopping Centre in Clonee, Ireland.

She told a local Facebook group: "Early on Sunday morning, I tried to buy shopping in Littlepace having just finished a nightshift.

"My card was declined because of an AIB issue which has only just resolved itself.

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"I apologised to the shop staff and was outside walking home when another staff member called me back.

"The woman behind me in the queue had paid for my items which came to €16."

DublinLive reports the person was so overwhelmed by the small but powerful gesture that she felt it was only right to pass on the generosity until she could thank the woman properly.

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"This is without a doubt the kindest thing a stranger has done for me.

"Feeling the need to pass on the kindness, I've just donated €50 to Pieta House and promise to do the same if such things happen again in the future as well as making my own kind gestures to strangers in need."

She concluded: "To this woman, who I believe lives in or near Littlepace Park, thank you from the bottom of my heart."