In today’s mainstream media, we are used to hearing stories about all of the things that are wrong with this world. Whether it is police brutality, someone being rude or inconsiderate toward another, or a murder that takes another individual’s life, we are used to hearing of these stories on a daily basis.
To one McDonald’s employee, lending a helping hand to a man in need was just the right thing to do. But because of his actions, the Chicago man is now being hailed as a hero – thanks to a customer who posted the story online.
Destiny Carreno, who was waiting in line, saw an elderly, disabled gentleman approach the counter in his wheelchair.
“The man politely tried to ask the cashier something and it took him a few tries before either of us could understand he was saying ‘Help me, please,'” Carreno wrote on Facebook.
Eventually, the concerned employee “figured out the gentleman needed help cutting and eating his meal,” she said.
“To be honest,” Carrero’s post continued, “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…not to get away from helping him, but to wash his hands and put gloves on! I had to stick around and see how this would play out.”
And that’s when the kind cashier went out to help cut up the man’s food.
Carreno said she was moved by “the kindest and most humble thing” she had just witnessed. She went home, posted the photograph on Facebook and urged her friends to share it — which they have, more than 300,000 times.
Rod Lubeznik, the owner of the McDonald’s franchise where the exchange took place, expressed pride in the employee he identified as Kenny. He said the company was “overwhelmed by the positive response [Kenny] has received for his compassion and kindness.”
“It’s a true testament to who Kenny is, and a reminder to us all that one seemingly small act of kindness can touch the hearts of so many,” the statement read.
Lubeznik said the restaurant planned to recognize Kenny during an upcoming rewards presentation.