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.
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.”
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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!
MUST SEE: Brave Alaskan Helps Baby Moose Navigate Highway Barrier
Normally, stories about moose on the highway don’t end this well.
Alaska is a state like no other. It’s still a veritably untamed place, where the weather and the wildlife are both out to get you. It takes a special kind of person to hack it in America’s last frontier. A simple run to the grocery store can be hazardous in some conditions, and just taking the garbage out at night may find you face-to-face with hundreds of pounds of brown bear. But ask any Alaskan what they hope to avoid the most, and many will tell you it’s the moose that you have to worry about. These creatures are simply enormous, and they have just enough of an attitude to be more than a nuisance when confronted. Combine that with the fact that plenty of Alaskans are killed each year after automotive collisions with these gargantuan animals, and you have a real recipe for trouble. This week, however, a different sort of moose story made headlines, and with some adorable photos to show for it. Last week, pictures of a man in Alaska lifting a moose calf over a highway guardrail were posted on Facebook. According to Andrea N Salty Bock, who posted the pictures on Facebook, the calf and its mother were near Clam Gulch, on the Kenai Peninsula. The mother was apparently trying to get her baby to go over the guardrail, but it was too tall for the calf. “Traffic stopped to give her the room she needed,” the Facebook post said. “But the calf could not clear the guardrail.” The photos were captivating. Authorities, while thankful that the moose was able to continue on its way, warned that the situation was still a dangerous one, despite the size and age of this animal.
VIRAL VIDEO: Hockey Fans Belt US National Anthem in Stirring Moment
The moment was simply magical.
For as much controversy as has been manufactured around the National Anthem, there is still nothing quite like witnessing a powerful rendition of a song that brings so many of us pride here in the United States. In the annals of sports history, there are but a few moments of anthemic joy that stand atop the list, with this author’s personal favorite being the incredibly salient and pointed version performed by Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl in 1991: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lCmBvYMRs Now, 30 years and some months later, another unforgettable anthem moment has arrived. Nassau Coliseum was roaring with energy Wednesday night as fans in attendance belted out the National Anthem before the New York Islanders Game 6 victory over the Boston Bruins in a viral moment that is sure to give anyone chills. Nicole Raviv regularly sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Isles games at the Coliseum but on Wednesday night she was overpowered by the crowd, even turning over the microphone to the fans. “My heart is full. The coliseum will forever have the best backup singers in the #NHL,” Raviv wrote on Twitter. A moment like this was made for social media, and it soon spread like wildfire. https://twitter.com/NHLonNBCSports/status/1402773091672068098?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1402773091672068098%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fsports%2Fislanders-fans-national-anthem-viral-game-6-bruins The fans were ready, however, after a microphone glitch forced them to join in on the anthem just two games earlier.
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