This is one viral photo we feel good about sharing: a customer at a Chicago McDonald’s snapped this heartwarming candid shot of an employee going above and beyond to help an elderly handicapped gentleman cut and eat his food. The image was posted to Facebook on September 16 by Destiny Carreno, and since then has been shared more than 300,000 times.
Carreno’s original post was captioned with a brief backstory of the photo:
“Today I made a quick stop at McDonald's after work," she wrote. "As I waited in line to order, an elderly handicapped gentleman wheeled himself over to the cashier in front of me. From what I perceived, the gentleman may have had a case of quadriplegia, the same medical condition my uncle has. 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’. Neither of us knew what help he needed, and the cashier suggested a few things before he figured out the gentleman needed help cutting and eating his meal. To be honest, 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.”
She then explains that she witnessed the cashier patiently sitting down and cutting and helping to feed the handicapped gentleman.
“This employee, who put everything on hold for this man, went above and beyond his responsibilities to help this handicapped customer out. That was the kindest and most humble thing I had ever seen.”
The worker has been identified as Kenny by the McDonald’s franchise owner.
“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,” owner Rod Lubeznik said in a statement.