A North Carolina woman was shopping in Target on Wednesday when she noticed something out of the ordinary occurring, so she snapped a picture and posted it online, and it’s since received a ton of attention.
Audrey Mark was at a Raleigh-area Target when she saw a teen interacting with one of the store’s employees.
“I see this young teen being hovered over by this Target employee,” Mark told ABC11. “So, as a mom of three teens, I go to what did he do.”
She watched as the employee kept adjusting the teen’s tie, but since it didn’t seem like something that normally happens, she took a picture. What she didn’t realize is that the teen was at the store to purchase a clip-on tie for an interview, but the store didn’t sell them.
Target employee Cathy Scott was the first to assist the teen, and when she couldn’t sell him the tie he was looking for, she did the next best thing. She found co-worker Dennis Roberts and asked him if he knew how to tie a tie, and fortunately, he did.
The teen purchased a regular tie, then brought it to Roberts for assistance in tying it right.
“We took the wrapping off it, and I tied it on my neck, and fit it over head adjusted it and tightened it…fixed all his collar buttons and he was set to go,” said Dennis.
The teen had a job interview with Chick-fil-A later in the day, according to NewsNet5. So rather than help him with the tie and send him on his way, Roberts and Scott went beyond their regular duties.
“I hear him peppering him with all this wonderful, warm, calming advice about interview skills and handshakes,” said Mark, who witnessed everything.
“We said, ‘Make sure you look him in the eye.’ I’m saying make sure you give him a firm handshake, and she showed him… he tucked his shirt in,” Roberts explained.
It was at the moment that Mark took the picture of the trio wanting to capture an act of kindness.
“It was a very quiet simple moment, but it was very profound honestly kindness… from strangers… in a Super Target,” Mark said. “He leaves and all these Target employees are screaming ‘Bye! Good luck! Tell us how it went.'”
For Roberts and Scott, it was all about helping out a nervous kid looking for a job.
“We were just here to help a young man get a job and forward his future,” Roberts said.
The Target employees later went to the Chick-fil-A location to follow-up on whether or not the teen got a job with them. The restaurant’s management told them that he has a series of interviews he needs to pass, but promised to let them know if he gets hired.
Video from the interaction was posted to Facebook by the news outlet:
Acts of kindness happen all around us and restore our faith that there’s still good in a world that seems to have so much bad. It’s great to see complete strangers go above and beyond to help a young man pave the road for his future.