When Amanda Wilkins went shopping with her two autistic daughters, a cashier’s act of kindness truly made their day.
Amanda and her daughters were shopping at a Morrisons grocery store in Basingstoke, and she explains, this is often not an easy task. Both of Amanda’s sweet daughters are registered blind and are also autistic. They made it through the aisles alright, but by the time they made it to the register, both girls were approaching a ‘meltdown’.
A kind cashier named Lin noticed the girls getting upset, and rather than judge, she decided to help by letting one of Amanda’s daughters scan all of the items they were purchasing: something that overjoyed the little girl as she “loves playing ‘shops’.” Amanda was so grateful for Lin’s compassionate effort that she wrote a thank you post on the grocery store’s Facebook page:
“I would like to say a massive thank you to the lady in the photo ( sorry didn’t see her name) who helped me today at Morrisons in Basingstoke. I have two children that are both registered blind and are also autistic. As you can imagine shopping is not an easy thing for me to do, at the checkout both girls decided to go into meltdown and this very kind lady decided to help instead of judge. It doesn’t happen very often! She distracted my daughter by letting her scan all my shopping. A dream come true for Holly who loves playing ‘shops’. It melts my heart to come across people that are prepared to go the extra mile, and little acts of kindness makes a massive difference to my world.
I hope this gets back to her and she knows how much we appreciate it.
Thousands of people read Amanda’s thank you note to Lin and shared her story far and wide. Another customer who shops at Morrisons shared how much her daughter loves Lin as well:
“Lin has always made such a fuss over our little girl Bella and even let Bella sit in her fab car when we spotted her leaving work one day, Morrisons are very lucky to have such a lovely lady working there,” wrote Samantha E.
Lin’s manager was so proud of Lin that he presented her with a bouquet of flowers at work.
A spokesperson for Morrisons said that reading Amanda’s story “brought a tear to my eye.” She added:
“What an amazing lady (Lin) is and what a credit she is to our company, we are very proud to say she works for Morrisons.”
“Lin is a great role model for all of us here at Morrisons. It’s amazing how something small can make a massive difference to others and it’s lovely to hear that one of your daughters dreams has been brought to life by this act of kindness.”
Many people praised Lin’s act of kindness in the comments:
“And you know, in looking at the lady, I bet many have judged her as well. So glad we get an opportunity to see beyond the outside. :)” wrote Ileana B.
“What a great gift for your daughter! Please take a moment and let her manager know of her kind deed to you and your girls. Most managers only hear about the “not so good” their employees do and I am sure it would be great for the manager to know he/she is employing a top notch employee!” commented Robyn G.
“Every day we need to open our eyes to the needs of others around us. For some people it doesn’t come naturally but when we do this, we can do something small that has a big effect. What a very kind lady!” said Diane H.
When seeing a child become upset, yell, “misbehave” or loudly cry in public, it’s important to remember that there may be more to the situation than we can immediately see or understand. Rather than being quick to judge, be quick to love and quick to show compassion for the child and their family. Your act of kindness may truly help the struggling child, and inspire others to truly love their neighbors as well.
You are Loved.
Please share this good news with others: when we share stories and examples of compassion and kindness, we inspire and encourage others to be kind and compassionate in their daily lives, making the world a better place for everyone.