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Wednesday
Jan202016

Target cashier’s kindness toward elderly woman paying in coins goes viral

Photo Credit: Sarah Owen BiglerAll it takes is a little kindness, patience and caring to touch hearts.

Share (EEW Magazine) A Target cashier had no idea that treating an elderly customer paying in coins the way he would want to be treated, would make him an Internet sensation.

“You never know who’s watching,” said Ishmael Gilbert, whose patience with the woman holding up the line caught a shopper’s attention.

Sarah Owen Bigler, who initially was growing annoyed with waiting for the senior shopper ahead of her to pay at the register with change, had a change of heart after seeing how warm Gilbert was toward her.

"I realized I hadn't been inconvenienced at all," wrote the impressed mother on Facebook, where she also posted a smart phone image of Gilbert. "That my daughter was instead witnessing kindness and patience and being taught this valuable lesson by a complete stranger; furthermore, I realized that I too needed a refresher on this lesson."

See her full Facebook post here.

By the time Gilbert woke up Thursday, he discovered that a picture of him at work had been shared over 13,000 times on Facebook.

"I was asleep at home and everyone was texting me, 'check Facebook, check Facebook,'" the 19-year-old told the Indy Star.

According to him, the moment that has now made him famous seemed routine. He was simply helping out an older woman.

"She was all worked up because the line was getting longer and she was moving so slow," he said. "She was shaking." So Gilbert helped her count the change as some abandoned his line for a shorter and faster-moving one.

That decision to be helpful and generous is now being read about by millions.

"I never thought it’d blow up this big," said Gilbert, who had only been working at Target a few days. "Her post, I guessed it touched a lot of people."

Gilbert has since met with media, as well as Bigler and her daughter.

"It just feels good to be recognized for good work," he said. "But this isn't something new. I treat all customers the same, the way I want to be treated."

It's nice to know there are still people in the world living out The Golden Rule.

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