Reporter Catches Incredible Moment Of Kindness Between Two Strangers
Cailyn Finkel 11/1/2018
Think about the last place you want to be right now. Chances are, you're picturing the DMV, post office or another government building. For whatever reason, these stuffy places make our skin crawl.
Maybe it's the strange smells wafting from the grouchy employee's Tupperware. Maybe it's the unamused voice over the loudspeaker calling out ticket number after ticket number in the same droning tone. Or maybe it's the fact that we have to take time out of our day to sit in such an uncomfortable space in the first place.
Due to these less-than-ideal circumstances, it's easy for people to be grouchy when entering or leaving a government building. So when a reporter standing outside her local Criminal Justice Center noticed two strangers talking, she could only assume the worst. She had no idea such a heartwarming interaction was about to unfold...
Facebook/Shelby County District Attorney's Office
In a now-viral Facebook post, WATN Local 24 News reporter Tish Clark shared what she saw outside of the Criminal Justice building that afternoon. She wrote:
"I happened to witness an act of kindness outside the Criminal Justice Center... yesterday while doing a story.
An elderly lady approached a young man, a stranger, and told him that she would buy his lunch if he would walk her to her car. That's all she wanted. She didn't wanna cross the street alone."
"He said, 'Ma'am... I'll be happy to walk you to your car and you save your money. You don't need to buy me anything.'
I happened to snap this pic of them as they walked away. She turned, hugged him and said, 'Thank you so much.' How sweet is that? Oh my God."
Instead of ignoring the woman's plea, the kind young man jumped in to help. He didn't want food, payment or recognition - he just wanted to help a little, old lady across the street like his Momma taught him to when he was a child.
While the strangers' identities remain unknown, we can only hope they gave each other another hug after she made it across the street and to safety. We need more young people like this caring gentleman in the world!