A laid-off waitress couldn’t pay her rent. Then a stranger came forward


Thanks to a total stranger, a now-jobless Los Angeles waitress will be able to pay her rent.

Shujana Anthony loved being a waitress, she told CNN. But restaurants across the nation have been hit hard by the shutdowns mandated because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Anthony was among the vast numbers left without a paycheck.

Speaking to CNN on air Wednesday, Anthony said she didn’t know how she was going to pay her $1,100 apartment rent.

“I don’t know,” she said. “When you’re scared, you don’t see nothing but fear.”

Enter Tami Vaughn, a viewer in Illinois, who reached out to CNN with an offer to pay Anthony’s rent.

“I was just moved by what she’s going through,” Vaughn told CNN. “And I know so many people are going through (the same).

“I just wanted to help, even if it’s just a little bit, and maybe she can pay it forward, even if it’s a year from now, and to whomever she wants. Just spread kindness.”

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