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Arroyo Pays For HEAT Fan’s Groceries

Jun 17 2010 3:01PM

MIAMI, 06/10 - We’ve all done it: Headed  into your supermarket with a set budget but left spending a lot more than expected. On Thursday, something very similar happened to HEAT fan Ernesto Williams. Williams visited Sedano’s on Bird Road determined to stay within his established allotment, but he left going almost $1,000 over budget – kind of! 

Williams was the winner of the Pepsi Shopping Spree at Sedano’s sweepstakes, where the  67-year old Miami resident won a $1,000 shopping spree at Sedano’s, a personalized HEAT jersey, and a chance to meet HEAT guard Carlos Arroyo.  

The meet-and-greet was supposed to be brief, but Arroyo, enamored by Williams, asked if he could come along on the spree. In addition to traditional groceries, the eight-year veteran began filling Williams’ shopping cart with items such as a coffee maker, pots and pans, diapers, baby wipes, and a birthday cake for his grandson.

“I began to think we were putting a lot in the cart and there was a good chance we had gone over budget," said Williams. "But it was a lot of fun." 

By the time they got to the register, Williams total was $961 over the prize amount. Arroyo gladly paid the difference.  

“I wanted to put the extra stuff back, the things I definitely didn’t need,” said Williams, “but Arroyo insisted to pay the difference. Arroyo is a very kind man, and I am very grateful for this experience.” 

Arroyo was grateful as well. 

“I had a great time at the event, and once I met the sweepstakes winner, it made it that much more special,” he said. “Instead of taking advantage of the opportunity and getting items for himself, he shopped for things that would benefit his family. I truly felt blessed to be a part of the experience. I want to thank Pepsi and Sedano’s for making this event happen.” 

Despite having a full refrigerator, Williams, who's a twice-a-week Sedano’s shopper, isn’t sure his almost $2,000 in groceries will keep him away too long. 


“I have six hungry grandchildren. The food will last about a month,” he kidded.