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This Walmart Clerk’s Incredibly Kind Gesture to Distressed Customer Has Gone Viral

This is pretty awesome.

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There are few more embarrassing experiences in public than the moment the grocery clerk rings up and bags all your items and you discover you left your wallet at home.

Wanting nothing more than to flee from the judging glares of the customers behind you in line, not to mention the cashier who now has to deal with the goods you won’t be taking home, you have to scramble to figure out what to do.

Sound familiar? Of course, it does, and it happens to the best of us, including an anonymous woman at the Princeton, Texas Walmart location. The only difference? Her cashier didn’t have an annoyed sigh and call for his manager. He did something amazing.

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According to Laci Simms, who retold the incident in a now-viral Facebook post, the woman was “in obvious distress about her inability to pay.”

It’s not clear whether the woman didn’t have enough money, forgot her wallet at home, or something else. What we do know, however, is that the cashier, 19-year-old John Lopez Jr., took it upon himself to make things right.

“…When she had trouble paying her bill he stepped in and told her if she’d wait he would pay her total,” Simms said in her post. “Ya’ll, it was $110 dollars!”

Simms went on to describe how, though this might be the brightest example, this isn’t the only time Lopez has made the patrons of the Princeton Walmart smile: “If you have never had the pleasure of going through John’s checkout line at the Princeton Walmart, please seek him out on your next visit. He is always singing, upbeat, courteous, joyful and efficient.”

John’s incredible act of kindness spread all over the internet thanks to Simms, who said the young man “renewed [her] faith in humanity and the generation we are raising,” and wanted everyone to know what a blessing he is to the community.

“Tuesday night I was up until 11 looking at the comments on the post,” Lopez shared with CBSDFW. “I was like this can’t be real.”

“[The woman] started crying and I was like ‘okay I got you – I got you’,” Lopez said, explaining his side of the story. “I just felt in my heart that the Lord told me I had to help her.”

Lopez gave his parents the credit for raising him to have not only a strong work ethic but a kind heart: “My parents basically taught me if someone needs help you should be able to help them and if someone is down, bring them up.”

“I make it my goal to at least in one way make someone smile,” he said, and surely he met that goal when he saved the day for the woman in his line.

Amazingly, that’s not where Lopez’s story ends. To show their immense appreciation for his generous heart and sunny spirit, the Princeton community set up a GoFundme page to bless the young man.

“The bill was not a small one. No questions asked. He gave selflessly. It was made public,” reads the campaign description. “He touches a lot of lives on a daily basis.  I’d like to give back to him for constantly giving himself to our community.”

As Lopez continues to work at Walmart with the goal of saving up for college, the whopping $35,000 the campaign has already raised is sure to be a welcome boost.

If Lopez was faithful and generous as a young teen with $110, just imagine what his future will look like!

 

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Rhino Poacher Meets a Poetic Fate, Complete with Elephants, Lions, and Revenge

If this isn’t justice, I don’t know what is.

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Greed is a hell of a drug. Greed is what makes a wealthy man and addicted man.  It’s the idea that you can never have enough, no matter the consequences to the world around you. Don’t get me wrong: Winning and achieving are great, but there are costs to be considered. For wildlife poachers, the reward is dirty money…and lots of it.  Items such as rhinoceros horns can go for as much as $60k per kilo – an amount that makes cocaine look like over-the-counter DayQuil in comparison. Of course, the reason for this enormous price tag is the rarity of the item, with poachers having nearly caused the extinction of several species of Rhinoceros over the course of the last few decades. But, as Jeff Goldblum famously says in the 90’s blockbuster Jurassic Park, “life finds a way”. One poacher in Africa has learned that lesson the very hard way. Only a skull and a pair of trousers remained after a suspected rhino poacher was killed by an elephant and then eaten by lions in Kruger National Park, South African National Parks said. The incident happened after the man entered the park with four others to target rhinos, according to a parks service statement released Friday. His family were notified of his death late Tuesday by his fellow poachers, and a search party led by Kruger’s regional manager, Don English, set out to recover the body. Rangers scoured on foot and police flew over the area, but due to failing light, it could not be found. The poacher likely didn’t deserve such dignity, but the search went on. The search resumed Thursday morning and, with the help of added field rangers, what was left of his body was discovered. “Indications found at the scene suggested that a pride of lions had devoured…

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Police Seek Teens who Interacted with Autistic Skateboarder for BEST REASON EVER

Police are searching for a few teens that left the mother of an autistic child in tears at a local skatepark…but for all the right reasons.

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Life is ostensibly difficult for teens and young adults in ways that many of us adults seem to have forgotten. Hopefully, (and luckily, if so), we grow out of these hormonal adolescent years with a bit of an even keel, able to keep a cool head, and fully aware of our strengths and weaknesses.  Sure, we have bills and the complexities of work/friend/partner relationships to navigate, as well as a whole glut of strange, “as you get older” family issues to deal with, but we at least get to do so as adults with a full understanding of our faculties and abilities. For teens and young people, it’s not that easy.  At these ages, human beings are insecure, unsure, and downright dumbfounded by the world around them.  And, let’s not forget, that kids can be severely cruel to one another over the most asinine of subjects.  Style, mannerisms, and intelligence are all fodder for the teenaged bullies of the world. For children on the autism spectrum, things are even tougher.  These are the “weirdoes” and “nut jobs” that the heartless bullies rail on, making them the bread and butter of these jerks’ daily dissing. So when the mother of an autistic son named Carter began crying at a local New Jersey skatepark, many feared the worst. Lucky for all of us, there is still some good left in this world. Kristen Braconi took Carter, who is on the autism spectrum and has ADHD, and his behavioral therapist to the park to celebrate his fifth birthday, where a group of older kids noticed him playing on his scooter. The teens took it upon themselves to teach Carter how to skateboard. “They were absolutely amazing with him and included him and were so beyond kind it brought me to tears,” the mother shared on Facebook,…

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