Renee Zellweger is very pleased with the paparazzi.

On Wednesday, the actress, 40, was in the middle of ordering drinks at a Starbucks in Santa Monica, Calif., when a paparazzo outside noticed her parking meter was about to expire.

To save her from getting a ticket, he slipped a few coins in the meter.

Appreciative, Zellweger - who is now dating Bradley Cooper - returned to the coffee chain, bought a $100 gift card and rewarded the photographer.

On the back of the card, she personally expressed her gratitude: "Wow. Thank you so much for the kindness," she wrote. "Warmly, with gratitude. Renee."