When An Elderly Man Fumbled With His Change, A Cashier Handled The Situation Perfectly

"You shouldn't have to thank me, baby. What's wrong with our world is we've forgotten how to love one another."

For many people watching their budget, a simple trip to the grocery store can be a stressful and unpleasant experience, but it doesn't need to be. Per a now viral Facebook post shared by a woman named Spring Herbison Bowlin, one cashier working at a Walmart in Clarksdale, Mississippi made an elderly man's recent shopping experience much more bearable with just a little patience and kindness. 

According to Bowlin's Facebook post from earlier this month, the man was in front of her in line. When all of his items were scanned and he saw what was owed, he proceeded to take "handfuls of change" out of his pockets, apologizing to both Bowlin and the cashier as he did so. Bowlin recalled that the man began counting the change but soon got flustered and had to start over again, once more apologizing for holding up the line.

That's when, Bowlin wrote, the kind cashier stepped in to help. "This beautiful cashier takes his hands and dumps all the change on the counter and says, 'This is not a problem, honey. We will do this together,'" she recalled. "He continues to apologize to both of us as we reassure him it's ok. They get his transaction handled and he shuffles away."

Moved by the cashier's compassion, Bowlin later thanked her for being "so patient" with the man. And while the cashier's actions were themselves a great lesson in thoughtfulness and understanding, it's what she said next that really struck a chord with Bowlin and the nearly 50,000 people who have shared the post on social media. 

"She shakes her head and replies, 'You shouldn't have to thank me, baby. What's wrong with our world is we've forgotten how to love one another,'" Bowlin wrote. "I want to be more like her."

Though the elderly man's exact situation remains unknown, Newsweek reports 42.6 million Americans received benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps, as of July 2017. And according to the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's first-ever survey of financial well-being, released in September, over one-third of Americans have faced hardships such as running out of food, not being able to afford a place to live, or not having enough money to pay for medical treatment.

Bowlin told ABC 11 she was about ready to help pay for the man's groceries (and would have stepped in had he come up short) but was mindful of hurting his feelings. "As the daughter, sister, wife, and mother of proud Southern men, I didn't want to wound his pride," she explained.

Still, for Bowlin, the Walmart interaction served as a reminder that we should never lose faith in others. "In a world where we are constantly told how bad things are, it gave me hope," she told ABC 11. "[People] missed the blessing and honor of witnessing her kindness. Compassion like that has a way of changing hearts."


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