A Georgia woman’s Facebook post praising a grocery store employee for his kindness towards an elderly customer is going viral again.
Jennifer Christopher Coker was shopping at Publix grocery store in Tifton,Georgia, on Jan. 16, 2015 when she saw an employee helping an elderly customer, WAGA reported.
“A young man, by the name of Roger, was helping an elderly gentleman in a motorized wheelchair; he had the man's shopping list and was helping him find his desired items,” she wrote in the Facebook post.
Coker said another woman witnessed Roger’s kindness as well.
“She said she was coming in when the elderly gentleman stopped the young man, that was hard at work and asked, 'Are you busy?' And Roger smiled politely and replied, 'No sir, how can I help you?’” Coker wrote. “The elderly man then asked him for his help because he knew it would take him all night to find what he needed and manage to get the items in his cart if he tried to do it alone.”
“Roger, without hesitating, told him he would be happy to help,” Coker added. “There was no agitation in his tone for being interrupted. There was no rush to his walk to make the man feel like he was a burden.”
Coker said Roger’s kindness moved her to tears.
“It is so rare to see such a young person have such respect for his elders,” she continued. “I had tears knowing that the elderly gentleman was probably happy to have someone help him AND to listen to him. You don't get this kind of service at just any grocery store but Publix, specifically the Publix in Tifton, Ga. I am sure it meant so much to the gentleman he helped.”
Coker’s original Facebook post went viral in January 2015 and is making rounds again a year later. She said she is glad Roger’s story is receiving so much attention.
“I am happy that a positive story is making its way around the newsfeed of the FB Universe,” she wrote. “There is far too much negativity and depressing new stories. If the public wants to share this again just to shed some positive light in other people's lives, I'm perfectly fine with that. I'm just hope Tifton's Publix is okay with the attention again.”