Destiny Carreno went into McDonalds for a quick stop after work, and left in tears, capturing on camera something she’d never thought she’d see in the fast food chain.
“As I waited in line to order, an elderly handicapped gentleman wheeled himself over to the cashier in front of me,” Carreno shared on Facebook. She thought that the man may have had quadriplegia, because Carreno has an uncle with the same condition.
The man politely asked the cashier a question, but it took several tries before Carreno or the cashier could figure out what he was trying to say.
After he repeated himself several times, she realized the man was saying, “Help me please.”
However, neither of them knew what he wanted help with. The cashier suggested a few things—then they figured out that the man needed help with his food—he needed help cutting it up to eat it.
“To be honest, I thought the cashier wasn’t going to help, especially during rush hour in downtown Chicago, but to my shock, he shut down his register and disappeared from view,” Carreno recounted.
After he shut down his register, he went and washed his hands, then put on some gloves. Curiosity piqued, Carreno stayed around to see what he would do next.
“I had to stick around,” she wrote, “especially since it hit me so close to home with my own uncle.”
Then the cashier came back out, sat down with the man, and began cutting up his meal, even helping him to eat.
“At that point, the tears started to gather in my eyes. My heart was so appreciative for what he did. I couldn’t contain my emotions in the crowded restaurant,” Carreno wrote.
“This employee, who put everything on hold for this man, went above and beyond his responsibilties to help this handicapped customer out. That was the kindest and most humble thing I had ever seen.”
Many others agreed—after Carreno snapped a photo of it and put it online, it gathered over 400,000 shares.
“Seeing this today brought tears to my eyes! Compassion has NOT gone out of style,” she wrote.