Jennifer Christopher Coker (left), Publix grocery store in Georgia (right)
A woman’s shopping trip to a Georgia Publix store left her in a state of disbelief and tears, after what she caught a bagger doing toward the back of the store. Rather than reporting it to the store manager, she snapped a photo to share with everyone on social media.
Jennifer Christopher Coker said that she was at the store in Tifton, when she heard a man ask the sales clerk a simple question. The young employee’s unusual response caught her off guard, but she didn’t think much else of it until she saw him again a few moments later when he was with the man he had just had an interaction with and who was clearly struggling.
According to Fox 5, a wheelchair-bound elderly customer had come into the hectic store that day, when he stopped and asked the first clerk he saw if he was busy. The worker, only identified as Roger, was in the middle of his duties and turned to the disabled man, when suddenly his face changed. Another customer saw the clerk light up with a smile, responding politely with, “No sir, how can I help you?”
The elderly gentleman explained that he was afraid of how long it would take him to gather the groceries on his own that night and wondered if the clerk could help him with his shopping. Without hesitation or a grimaced look on his face for being asked to deviate from his job description, Roger said that it would be his pleasure to help.
Jennifer Christopher Coker’s post, showing Roger helping elderly man
With the man’s shopping list in his hand, the kind employee patiently walked through each aisle, crossing each item off as he grabbed it, with not a care or single concern for the time it took. “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 wrote, in her viral Facebook post last year, about the incident that’s now making the rounds again.
The woman watched the two through tears of gratitude for this young man, who she’s never met before, but was pleased to see how well his parents raised him. “It is so rare to see such a young person have such respect for his elders. I had tears knowing that the elderly gentleman was probably happy to have someone help him AND to listen to him,” she wrote in astonishment and awe of this incredible young person. “You don’t get this kind of service at just any grocery store but Publix, specifically the Publix in Tifton, Ga.”
In an era of entitlement, where teens and young adults have no respect for anyone else but themselves and will treat other people like dirt if they get in the way of what they want, Roger is a credit to his generation. It needs to be seen that it’s cool to be kind. We all need to slow down, look around, and appreciate people. We should help others when there is a need. Parents, who are present and do their job right, produce kids like Roger, and the world needs more of that.