updated 03/10/2010 AT 5:20 PM ET
•originally published 03/10/2010 AT 5:50 PM ET
The actress was preparing to leave a Santa Monica, Calif., Starbucks when a fellow coffee-drinker noticed that her parking meter was about to expire. In the nick of time, the man slipped some coins into the meter, saving the actress from a possible ticket. Her reply? Zellweger gave him a $100 Starbucks gift card – with a sweet message.
“Wow,” the note read. “Thank you so much for the kindness. Warmly, with gratitude, Renée! – Brian Orloff