People are performing unseen random acts of kindness all around us. But fortunately, we actually get to see and be inspired by some of them, as in this moment when a Florida grocery store employee tied an elderly man’s shoe.
Keith Kiel of Ormond Beach, Florida was shopping at a local Publix store last week when he saw employee Gage Boucher helping a shopper.
“I was shopping in the meat department and I looked out of my right eye and I see this kid crouching down and tying this sweet old man’s shoe,” Kiel, 64, of Ormond Beach, Florida, told ABC News. “I said to myself, ‘Aw that’s neat. Let me take a picture of this.’”
He posted the photo to Facebook and explained: “An old man could not reach down to tie his shoe so not only did Gage tie the one but he did the other as well; all with a smile. I thought he should be recognized for his actions. Here is the picture I snapped on my iPhone.”
Premium content for only $0.99
For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today.
Kiel thought the photo might get a few Facebook likes. “I’ve never hit 100 likes on anything, but I figured people would resonate with this,” he said.
It did. Since August 9 the photo has received almost 200,000 likes and it’s been shared more than 15,000 times.
One fan wrote: “No man ever stands taller than when he kneels to help another.”
Boucher, 20, is modest in the face of all the attention.
“I saw him struggling to tie his shoe, so of course I offered to help him out,” he told ABC. “Stuff like this happens every day and people don’t get recognized for it. This one just happened to get recognized.”