As you likely very well know, the coronavirus has massively impacted nearly everyone around the world. Unfortunately, while everyone is feeling some strain, already vulnerable older folk have been hit hardest of all. For some elderly people, even a trip to the store can become quite the ordeal. Thankfully, there are plenty of citizens out there willing to help. Like one caring teen cashier, who helped pay for a struggling senior’s grocery bill…
A Teenager With An Open Heart
Like most of us, Layne McKeel, a senior citizen from Georgetown, Tennessee, has been trying to stay safe and well during the coronavirus pandemic. As such, he’s’s limited his shopping to once a week, wearing a mask and gloves when he does so. However, on his most recent trip to the store, things did not turn out as McKeel was expecting…
Heartbreakingly, despite only picking up basic essentials, McKeel found himself without enough money to cover his grocery bill when he arrived at the cashier. Then the senior looked at the clock. Unfortunately, he had missed the senior discount hours the store provided, resulting in a $170 total. Meanwhile, McKeel only had $150 to spend. Clearly distraught, the old man started picking out the essentials he would need to learn to live without. He had no idea his teenage cashier had a surprise in store for him…
Elizabeth Taylor, McKeel’s 17-year-old cashier at Fresh N’’ Low, stepped up and covered the rest of the senior’s groceries. “When she said it was $173.00, I said ‘Oh no’ and I pulled my wallet out and I only had 140,” McKeel said. So, he said, “I’ll put some stuff back, and the young lady said ‘No, don’t worry about it, it’s paid for.’ I said ‘what’s paid for?’” Believe it or not, the young teen’s offer seemed so generous that McKeel actually had a hard time believing she wasn’t pulling his leg. He soon discovered Taylor wasn’t joking in the slightest!
Helping A Senior In Need
As Taylor explained that she would cover the rest of the bill, McKeel tried to intervene. He didn’t want a young woman, one who was saving up for college no less, to pay for his groceries. However, no matter what McKeel said, Taylor would not budge. “It was all essential stuff, so I was just like… you know… and he was like, ‘what do I owe you?’ And I was like no, it’s okay, I’ll take care of it, it’s okay,” Taylor told WBIR, a local Georgetown news station.
Continuing, the teen cashier explained that, in recent weeks, Fresh N’’ Low has seen plenty of senior citizens struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. “We’ve seen a lot of older people, and they’re all trying to buy groceries, and a lot of places have run out of stuff, and so the older people are kind of taking the downfall for that. I just try to give back when I can,” Taylor said.
Of course, McKeel knows how lucky he is and how much Taylor sacrificed. After all, as mentioned, not only is she currently saving up for college, but she’s also a teenager with her own hobbies and desires to spend her hard-earned money on. As such, McKeel simply could not explain how grateful he truly felt. “She’s just a little angel is what she was. You know, just the light of day,” McKeel said.
This is an excellent opportunity to mention: please do not forget the seniors in your life right now. From neighbors to grandparents, make sure to give them a call and check-in!