When rain poured down on Ingles Market in Canton, North Carolina, on July 18, grocery bagger Aaron Sanders didn’t hesitate to help an elderly woman who needed to cross the parking lot.
“I asked her if I could help her out and she said no a couple of times, said 'I don't want you getting wet,'" Sanders told WLOS. "And I just said I prefer if I helped you out. And then she said 'OK.'"
Sanders walked the woman across the parking lot while shielding her with an umbrella. Another employee, Violet Baiera, snapped a photo of their interaction and posted it to Facebook. The image has since gone viral.
Sanders was surprised by the reaction he got when he returned to the store.
“As soon as she went inside her car, the umbrella just flipped inside out and just soaked me. And I came in. I was dripping. There's a whole bunch of customers at the front door just clapping for me there,” Sanders said.
Baiera was touched by what she witnessed.
“I thought it was so sweet that he would do that for her knowing he was gonna [sic] get drenched,” she wrote on Facebook.
Sanders’ manager, Pat Bowman, wasn’t surprised.
“I wouldn't expect anything different from Aaron," he said. "He's a great kid.”
Sanders credited his mother for raising him well.
“She's always been there and taken care of me. She always made sure that I was fed even if she didn't eat that night," Sanders said. "So my respect goes to her.
“With all the attention, I still try to be humble you know, it's my job. It's what I like to do. I like helping people whenever they need help. And I'd do it all over again.”
Photo credit: Violet G Baiera/Facebook