A "kind-hearted" Asda worker gained thousands of fans after helping a shopper who couldn't pay for their items.

Known as Alex, the employee has been praised for his heart-warming gesture.

Alex helped a shopper who went to the till just as the store was about to close and realised they weren't able to pay.

The shopper had forgotten their debit card and had no other means to pay at the time, reports Manchester Evening News.

Instead of letting the shopper leave without the items, the kind worker offered to pay for the items himself.

A post on Asda's Facebook page explained: "A big well done to our colleague Alex who went out of his way to help a customer at our Omagh store who'd realised he'd forgotten his debit card when to went pay for his shopping just as the store was closing.

Alex refused to let a customer leave without their items

"Rather than leaving the customer stuck, kind-hearted Alex went ahead and paid for the shopping himself.

"Alex said: “I just didn’t want to leave the customer stuck. It was very late at night, and I wouldn’t want this to happen to anyone!”

Store manager Steven said: "This is just one example of Alex going the extra mile for our customers.

"Not many would trust that the person would come back to pay for their goods, but Alex did as he didn’t want to see them stuck.

"He’s a very caring member of our team, and I think he has a very bright future here."

The employee went the extra mile for the worried shopper

Responding to it, one Facebook user wrote: "Well done that man, hope you got your cash back! I often use Asda, and find the staff there unfailingly helpful and pleasant."

"What a kind hearted person. Lovely to hear and hope he goes far in his career with Asda," said somebody else.

A third wrote: "Well done Alex, you’re one in a Million. I really hope that Asda respect what you have done , it’s not often that people like you do such a good and caring thing."

"What a lovely gesture. Well done Alex. Good to see we still have some kind and caring people in this evil world we live in. You really are a great employee and Asda should be very proud to have you working for them. Well done," praised another.

Another admirer said: "Well done young man, you are a hero not many people would do that. I pray the gentleman will be back?"

Proof that kindness still exists in this world - you just have to find it.