The customer was short of $35 and Teo Jordan didn't want him leaving the store without the items he wanted.
When a young grocery store employee saw that an elderly man didn't have enough money to pay for his groceries, the generous teenager stepped in to help. 18-year-old Teo Jordan was bagging groceries at a Kroger store when he overheard a cashier tell a customer that he didn't have enough money to pay for his items. Without any hesitation, the high school senior from Covington, Kentucky, paid for the unnamed senior citizen. "I wanted to help the guy. I saw that he didn’t have the money for all the groceries that he wanted," said Jordan during an interview with WLWT-TV.
Teenage Kroger worker in Covington offers his own money to help man pay for groceries https://t.co/vSYhgxWxPE— WLWT (@WLWT) October 23, 2020
"The cashier told him he would have to put some of the things back, so I just thought in my head I would give him this $35 so he could have all the food that he wants," continued the kind teen. According to Fox News, the Holmes High School student had taken up the job at a Kroger store recently to help out his family and save up to purchase a car. However, when he saw the elderly person in need, Jordan willingly took money from his savings and gave it to the cashier. The teen, who understands the important things in life, has one mantra that he lives by. "Just treat people how you want to be treated, you know, always help out if somebody needs it," he said.
Not trying to steal this man's thunder, however a young lady worker from Kroger store on Florence Mall rd. Did same for me, it was $30 + plus in groceries, I wanted to give her recognition for her deed, she declined, but I thanked her anyhow.— Steven " Sarge" Phillips (@stevephillips58) October 24, 2020
Stephanie Burton, Jordan's mother, told news outlets she was very glad that her son was able to selflessly help out a customer in need. "I am proud of Teo, I’m overwhelmed with joy. You try to instill in your kids right and wrong but you don’t know if they comprehend it, so yes I’m very proud," she expressed. "He gave him a couple of extra meals that he probably didn’t have," continued the proud mom, reminding everyone the significance of humanity. "We just need to be human again," she said.
Great story! Awesome he stepped up and helped. Maybe there is a car dealer that might step up and help this kid get his car. His actions were noble.— Dick Cavasa (@dickcavasa) October 29, 2020
Stories of such empathetic individuals who readily help others in need renew our faith in humanity. Bianca Garibay happens to be another kind and generous soul. Taking to a story sharing platform, Love What Matters, Garibay shared, "I was at H-E-B, a supermarket here in Texas. I felt really bad for this young mom. She had a baby and a little boy with her, and she was buying a SLICE of a birthday cake with a pack of candles. The total came up as $5.57. She started looking around and pulled out 2 dollars, and then started counting out change." The helpless mom was visibly heartbroken as she struggled to break the bad news to her son as she needed to keep $2 or so for gas.
"Her little boy replied, 'It’s okay, mom. I don’t need a birthday cake. We just need gas so I can get to school.' I could tell the mom felt completely defeated. She put back the candles. Everyone in line clearly heard and saw what was going on, but no one said anything," wrote Garibay who was immediately reminded of her own mother. Despite struggling to provide for her and her brother, Garibay's mom never let them realize it. "She is my inspiration for kindness," Garibay noted. Thus, she immediately bought the candles along with a gift card from Target and another for gas and rushed outside. "I walked outside and told her, 'Ma’am, you dropped something.' She says, 'No, that’s not mine. I wish it was, but it’s not.' I told her, 'Yes, it’s yours. It’s yours because I got it for you. I want you to take this Target gift card and get your son a birthday present. I want you to take this gift card and put gas in your car. Fill the whole tank. I want you to take these candles. And when your son is about to blow them out, I want you to make a wish, too,'" she wrote.
Recalling the mother's priceless reaction, Garibay recounted how she had never seen anyone be so grateful ever in her life. Explaining the problem that has plagued society currently she stated, "That’s what’s wrong with the world today. Everyone has the 'not my problem, not my business' mindset. Slowly, along the way, we have forgotten it takes a village to raise a child." She concluded the post by writing, "Kindness to me is simply about putting others before yourself. Kindness is making the smallest gestures to make the biggest impact on someone’s life. Kindness is saying, 'I’m here for you, even if you feel alone.' Kindness is simply smiling at someone and letting them know you see them, even in this hectic world. It’s simply acknowledging your neighbor and letting them know you’re there."