What happened at a Central El Paso shopping center on Wednesday morning wasn't just unlikely.
"It was bizarre," said Liz Hartman, a cashier at the Big Lots! store on Montana Avenue. Hartman said a well-dressed woman, who appeard to be in her late 50s, "just came into the store and started passing out $100 bills to our customers."
Julie Mireles was one of those customers. She was making her way into the store when a stranger stopped her in the parking lot. "She says, 'Excuse me young lady, can I just bless you with this?' and she just put the bill in my hand," Mireles told ABC-7.
The generous gift caught Mireles off-guard. She did not get a chance to ask the woman who she was, or why she was handing out the money. Once inside, Mireles saw the mysterious woman giving more free money to random customers.
Other shoppers told ABC-7 the woman retrieved the bills from a large purse. When one of them asked why she was doing so, the woman just smiled and pointed to her heart.
At Big Lots!, Hartman said about 12 customers used $100 bills they received from the woman. "I believe she was also next door in the K-Mart and the parking lot handing them out to customers, whoever she saw. Nobody knows why. People were thinking maybe she won the lottery. I don't know," said Hartman.
Hartman said they checked the bills for authenticity -- everything looked legitimate. Mireles even took hers to a nearby Wells Fargo for a second opinion. The bankers said the bill was the real deal.
"This to me is not just $100," said Mireles. "It's like a million dollars to me. Money is hard to come by nowadays."
The money's origin, like the woman's identity, remains a mystery.
"There was something in that lady's face, in her expression ... she wanted to give and bless people with that money. There are still good, caring people in El Paso," said Mireles.