Apparently Moz was taking a solo jaunt to legendary East Village booksellers Strand when he spotted an elderly woman in distress. Never one to miss an opportunity to charm, Morrissey rushed to the woman’s aid. From the Queerty reader who saw it all go down:

Morrissey, who was there alone, immediately rushed to her side and crouched on the ground to see if she was okay. She had just lost her bearings and was fine.
He picked up her stray belongings and asked if he could get her some water or call for help. She declined and collected her things and moved on. But my friend said she touched Morrissey’s cheek in gratitude! Obviously, she didn’t know who he was, just was touched by this act of kindness from a nice British man… He seemed very shaken up and flustered by the incident and left the store soon afterwards without buying anything.

How smooth! How sensitive! To save her from the Cemetery Gates! For more (and more bad jokes on Smiths song titles), head to Spin.

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