Young Man Becomes A Human Chair For Elderly Lady After Getting Stuck On An Elevator Together

Young Man Becomes A Human Chair For Elderly Lady After Getting Stuck On An Elevator Together

When Rita Young needed him the most, Cesar Larios did not hesitate to step up and help the elderly woman stay comfortable during the tense situation.

Cover image source: Facebook | College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving

It's not every day that we meet a young man who is keen on helping an elderly person. That's why when Cesar Larios was caught on camera performing a chivalrous act, he attracted a lot of attention. Back in 2014, Lario was moving furniture for "College Hunks Hauling Junk" when he stepped into an elevator with Rita Young, who was 79 at the time. What was supposed to be a seconds-long ride turned into a tense situation after the elevator got stuck inside the 10-story Grand Court Senior Living Center. Young, who became claustrophobic, began panicking and saying that she wouldn't be able to stand for the lengthy amount of time that would take for people to rescue them. 

"We were riding with a very nice elderly woman. As soon as it got stuck the lady said she could not stand for extended periods," shared Larios according to Good News Network. Hoping to calm her down, the employee of College H.U.N.K.S. Hauling Junk and Moving service in Florida offered the old lady an unusual seat. "I told her to calm down and if she wanted to sit, she could sit on my back and she was kind of hesitant at first," he recalled. "And bless his heart, Cesar. 'I can hold you up to at least an hour. I’m that strong,' he assured and even kept his promise.


After around 30 minutes, firemen arrived at the scene and pried the door open and during this whole time, the old lady felt comforted by the fact that there was someone she could rely on during this terrible situation. "I’d also like to thank his mother because she raised a really good boy," Young said according to KFOR. Lario's efforts garnered him tremendous praise for being kind as a human being and staying true to his company's slogan which aims "to make the world a better place." 

"I thought this was a great example of old-fashioned service and helping your fellow neighbor," expressed Co-Founder & President of College HUNKS Nick Friedman via an email to Good News Network. "Our company mission is to Move the World both literally and emotionally, and this is an example of our brand coming to life." Per Goalcast, he continued, "The response to the picture is mind-blowing. Thousands of people are sharing it and posting it on social media. I think what’s great about it is that it’s a genuine moment caught on camera. A lot of people say the younger generation has lost certain values. But one small picture shows that chivalry and hard work are still very much alive in our youth."



Now HUNKS, which stands for Honest, Uniformed, Nice, Knowledgeable Students, is based in Tampa, Florida. It has 52 franchise locations too. The moving company doesn't just employ "clean-cut" college students but has a training program called "HUNKS University" where they are taught how to embody leadership mindsets and provide customers exceptional service that would keep their client stress-free throughout the process. There's no doubt that Larios paid a lot of attention during the program and may have even graduated at the top of his class. 

As for Larios' mother Olga Lourdes Ruiz Velasco, she said, "He is my son, and I am SO PROUD of HIM." People from far and wide praised the then-student of Art Institute of Florida for his thoughtfulness. "The age of chivalry is not confined to the history books!" wrote one Facebook user named Sarah Anne Abbas. "What a gent!" Larios could have easily ignored the elderly woman's concerns but he chose to go above and beyond to make her feel safe. Hopefully, his kindness goes a long way to inspire other young people to help the senior community who may need our assistance from time to time. 

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