On 16 September 2015, Destiny Carreno of Chicago, Illinois, witnessed a good deed at a McDonald’s in Chicago. An elderly man in a wheelchair needed help cutting his food, so Kenny, a McDonald’s employee, shut down his cash register and helped him. She wrote a post about the good deed on Facebook, and the post quickly went viral. Kenny’s employer, Rod Lubeznik, owner of the McDonald’s franchise, gave this statement to the Huffington Post: “We are very proud of Kenny, and overwhelmed by the positive response he has received for his compassion and kindness. 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.”
This is Destiny Carreno’s Facebook post:
“Seeing this today brought tears to my eyes! Compassion has NOT gone out of style.
“Today I made a quick stop at McDonald’s after work. 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….
“Not to get away from helping him, but to wash his hands and put gloves on! I had to stick around and see how this would play out, especially since it hit me so close to home with my own uncle.
“The cashier came out from the kitchen, sat down, and began cutting the man’s meal and helped him eat.
“At that point, the tears started to gather in my eyes. My heart was so appreciative for what he did. I couldn’t contain my emotions in the crowded restaurant.
“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.”
For Further Information:
Kimberly Yam, “McDonald’s Employee’s Incredible Gesture Goes Viral For Good Reason.” Huffington Post. 24 September 2015
Destiny Carreno. Facebook Post. 16 September 2015
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