Woman Offers to Pay Stranger’s Bill at New Jersey Wawa; Finds Out it’s Keith Urban


One retired teacher got the surprise of a lifetime when she offered to help Keith Urban pay his bill recently. Ruth Reed was at a Medford, N.J., Wawa when she realized a man at the convenience store didn’t have enough cash for his purchase. So, she stepped in and lent him a few dollars.

“I didn’t know it was Keith Urban,” she tells CBS Philly. “I didn’t think he had enough money to pay for his things so I said I would pay for it. Briefly, when he told me who he was, I didn’t believe it was him.”

Ruth reportedly asked Keith’s bodyguard if he really was the country singer and once he confirmed it was Keith, she asked for a photo. “He was very gracious and let me get my picture taken with him,” she adds.

Update: Here is the whole story why Ruth paid for Keith Urban at Wawa https://t.co/MymsANo8L2Just caught up with Ruth Reed at the Wawa in Medford where she picked up the tab for country music star Keith Urban on Friday thinking he was a customer in need. Best part is she argued with him after helping him because she couldn’t believe it was really him! Here is part of our CBS Philly interview and her pic with him.

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Previously, Ruth had made a resolution to once a week pick up the tab for customers at the local Wawa and the “Coming Home” singer was in luck when he visited the store and needed some cash. Keith was in town for a performance at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion later that Friday night (Aug. 3) as part of his Graffiti U World Tour.

Keith may have been short on cash, but the singer is nowhere near short on hit songs. Monday, the singer celebrated his previous No. 1 hit “The Fighter” with Carrie Underwood at a party in Nashville.

“I need to give a huge thank you to my wife for inspiring this song. It was so easy to write because it was born of a real conversation that we had had before we got married and me trying to reassure my wife that I was a good bet,” Keith told those in attendance. “That I was a safe place and that I would take care of her and she could remain vulnerable and precious and that I would try and keep the world away from her so that she didn’t have to be hardened.”

The singer’s latest single, “Coming Home” featuring Julia Michaels, also recently topped the charts.

Annie Reuter
Annie Reuter is a freelance journalist based in Nashville. When she's not covering the latest music news or interviewing countless country artists, she can be found at a writers round listening to the best up-and-coming songwriting talent Music City has to offer.