Like most family outings, Amanda Wilkins knew her trip to the supermarket wouldn’t be easy. The mom from Basingstoke, England has two daughters, both of whom are registered blind and have autism. Though the girls' unpredictable behavior in public wasn't anything new, Wilkins still wasn’t expecting both girls to go into complete meltdown mode while the family was paying at a Morrison's supermarket recently, but that's exactly what happened.
Still, rather than make a bad situation worse, an employee working the checkout at the grocery store surprised the harried mom by acting with unbelievable kindness to her and her daughters. Without being asked, she helpfully distracted one of the daughters by letting her come behind the counter to help scan the food items, which was a "dream come true" for the young girl, who loves playing "shops." Wilkins was then able to focus her attention on calming her other daughter.
Feeling overwhelmed with gratitude after the incident, the mom took to Facebook to thank the kind, non-judgmental stranger, whose name she didn't catch. The post she made has since been shared more than 50,000 times, with commenters applauding the woman's small yet meaningful, compassionate act.
The employee has since been identified as a woman named Lin, and the gesture has impressed her bosses at Morrison's, who called her "a great role model."
We most certainly agree.