Paul Walker was definitely a handsome guy, but he also always appeared to be so kind and down-to-earth. This touching story about the actor will definitely bring tears to your eyes.
A military couple have revealed that the late actor secretly paid for the bride’s wedding ring set years ago, but did so anonymously.
Soldier Kyle Upham and his new wife Kristen went to a Santa Barbara jewellery store in 2004 looking for a ring shortly before he was sent on his second deployment to Iraq.
The couple browsed rings and soon realized the other shopper in the store was actor Paul Walker. They began talking and Kyle revealed that he had just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq.
Kristen Upham told CBS today, “When he found out Kyle just came back from Iraq – I remember seeing the look in his face. He kind of transformed.”
The couple, from Victorville, realized the expensive jewelry was way out of their price range and left the store empty-handed.
A short time later, a sales assistant called the couple and told them to return to the store and they were given the ring. Paul Walker had sought out the manager of the store and told him to put the ring “on his tab”.
The couple were obviously shocked at the huge gift and asked who had paid for the ring. Sales clerks refused to answer, as Walker had requested.
The Uphams kept the gift receipt and often suspected it had been the actor they met that day.
The store Bailey Banks and Biddle Jewelers, which closed its Santa Barbara store, kept Walker’s secret but after the 40-year-old’s tragic death in a car crash on Saturday, employee Irene King felt the world should know the actor’s true character.
Upham said Walker’s gesture remains the kindness thing anyone had ever done for her. She said, “His real life speaks volumes of his character. He really did put his money where his mouth is and did good for this world.”
Paul Walker was raised in a Mormon family, which could have something to do with the Hollywood star’s character and values.
What a great story!
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