It’s easy to forget that people are basically lovely and decent when you’re surrounded by dread and gloom all day.

Most people don’t go out of their way to sabotage others or make their lives more difficult. It’s just that many of us are overworked, and our hectic schedules might cause us to miss out on other people’s needs.

That’s why we’re all moved when a tiny act of compassion is recognized.

Spring Herbison Bowlin photographed a grocery cashier assisting an old, anxious guy in counting his coins. A Walmart cashier proves that even when you’re short on time, a little compassion can go a long way in this moving story.

When Bowlin went into a local Walmart in Clarksdale, Mississippi, something extraordinary happened.

“At Wal-Mart at lunch, my heart was warmed.” In the checkout line, she came across an old guy who was eager to pay his money.

A stack of coins

Bowlin was standing behind an elderly customer who was flustered while trying to count the cash in his pockets in order to pay for his groceries.

She said on Facebook, “This gentleman’s items were scanned and he was given the total.”

“He looks apologetically back at me and starts taking handfuls of change out of his pockets.”

He could have been concerned that the customer next in line behind him might grow irritated.

The old guy counted the change tensely, glanced back, murmured “I’m very sorry,” and then began counting again.

The man’s hands and voice were trembling, according to Bowlin. Instead of growing upset with the client, the cashier shocked Bowlin by doing something unexpected.

She held the man’s hands in hers, placed all the money on the counter, and said,

“This is not a problem, honey. We will do this together.”

As the cashier aided him in calculating every cent, the man apologized to both the clerk and Bowlin. He shuffled away once they finished their deal.

Bowlin had the urge to say something, so she turned to the lovely lady and said, “Thank-you for being so patient with him, her humility when I thanked her was inspiring, it wasn’t a big deal to her because that’s obviously just who she is.”

This wonderful woman responds with a shake of her head: “You shouldn’t have to thank me, baby. What’s wrong with our world is we’ve forgotten how to love one another.”

Many others’ hearts have certainly been warmed by this little act of compassion. As of this writing, the Facebook post has gotten tons of favorable comments and has been shared over 436,000 times.

Many individuals praised the cashier’s actions, which taught us valuable life lessons. Giving someone a small amount of “kindness” in school, at home, on the street, at work, or in any public area may be a big gift.

Someone made a lovely comment, stating,

“Absolutely stunning. More of her is required. Sweet, patient, and kind. collaborating with the general public.”

Many others are thankful as well. “Thank you very much for being so kind to that sad old man. In this world, we need a lot more people like you.”

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