Union minister Smriti Irani made for a very generous customer on Saturday when she apparently paid a cobbler in Coimbatore Rs 100 instead of Rs 10 for a simple shoe fix up.
The incident, which came to light on social media, occurred when Irani alighted from the flight on her arrival. She was in the city to address a session at Isha Foundation.
The strap on her sandals had snapped, and the cobbler charged the Union minister Rs 10 for repairing it. However, Irani paid him Rs 100, BJP sources said.
The textile minister had spotted the cobbler near Perur while on her way to the foundation.
Accompanied by the state BJP general secretary, Vanathi Srinivasan, she waited by the cobbler till he finished stitching up her sandals.
When he was done, she paid him and said he didn’t need to give her change. The minister apparently spoke in Tamil with the help of Srinivasan.