ACT OF KINDNESS: The staff at Wok Me, including Sam Cheha and Jesse Kelly, are impressed that every customer returned to pay their Cyclone Marcia IOU.
ACT OF KINDNESS: The staff at Wok Me, including Sam Cheha and Jesse Kelly, are impressed that every customer returned to pay their Cyclone Marcia IOU. Chris Ison Rokcwok

Amy’s team amazed by IOU honesty after Cyclone Marcia

IN THE week following Cyclone Marcia, Amy Pagano and her team at Wok Me were inundated with people looking for a good meal.

While the power remained on in the southside store following the disaster, it wasn't long before the EFTPOS machine stopped working.

Instead of turning away those who couldn't pay with cash, Amy and her team gave them food and told them to come back later to pay.

Some customers came back the same afternoon, but at the end of the week Amy said there were about 17 outstanding bills.

Yesterday, Amy told The Morning Bulletin it had taken three weeks, but every bill had been paid.

"I think it's just incredible that 17 people from all walks of life came back and paid the money," she said.

"I was very impressed."

She said one mother bought flowers and candy for the Wok Me team when she came to pay her bill.

She wasn't the only business in town to help people out and was overwhelmed by the way people bonded during the disaster.

"It was a great sense of community during that period," she said.

"I think people talk more negatively about Rocky than necessary."

When Amy posted her thanks to the community on Facebook, others shared their own stories of paying kind acts forward during the cyclone.

"I hope it continues out of disaster conditions because people always need a helping hand," Amy said.



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