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Woman helps man short on cash - it’s Keith Urban

Caught short: A generous grandmother picked up the bill when Keith Urban was caught short a few dollars at a service station. Picture: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP
Caught short: A generous grandmother picked up the bill when Keith Urban was caught short a few dollars at a service station. Picture: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

TALK about paying it forward with a twist.

When New Jersey grandmother Ruth Reed made a vow to help someone out with their bills once a week, she ended up footing the bill for a country music star worth an estimated $75 million.

Ms Reed, a retired schoolteacher, was gobsmacked when she realised the shaggy-haired man she was helping out with a few dollars to pay for his food and coffee at a service stations as Aussie country music star Keith Urban.

She says met Urban at a Medford Wawa ahead of his concert Friday night in Camden, New Jersey.

She has made a resolution to help Wawa customers and jumped at the chance when the man ahead of her was short a few dollars.

"For three years, I have made a resolution to once a week treat someone at Wawa," Ms Reed wrote in a Facebook post.

"Occasionally it happens more than once a week. This man was short a few dollars. He asked a lady with him if she had money. I jumped in and said I would pay and explained why. He thanked me and asked my name."

"I asked him his and he told me it was Keith. I said that he did look like Keith Urban. He said he was."

A sceptical Reed didn't quite believe him, asked where his wife, Nicole Kidman was, and then asked his bodyguard to confirm she was talking to the musician.

She said: "It was then I realised what an idiot I was."

The grateful country music star then offered to take a picture with the delighted do-gooder in the car park.

Ms Reed promptly posted the celebrity encounter to her Facebook page, describing it as "another Ruth Reed moment".

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