Without a doubt, the coronavirus has impacted nearly everyone across the globe. Unfortunately, while everyone has felt the pain, older folk have been hit hardest of all. For some elderly people, even going to the grocery store can be quite the ordeal. Thankfully, one senior recently found a bit of good luck when an incredible teen cashier paid for his groceries!
Layne McKeel, a senior citizen from Georgetown, Tennessee, recently found himself shopping for essentials and groceries during the coronavirus pandemic. Like many of us, he wanted to simply stay home and stay safe. So, a few days after receiving his disability check, the senior got ready to head to the store and purchase his goods. Or so he thought…
Heartbreakingly, despite being cautions, McKeel found his wallet could not bear the weight of his grocery bill when he arrived at the register. In total, his bill came to just over $170, as he missed the discount hours for seniors. Meanwhile, the senior had less than $150 available to spend. Distraught, McKeel started to decide what he would give up. He had no idea the surprise his cashier had in store for him.
Elizabeth Taylor, the 17-year-old cashier as the Georgetown’s Fresh N Low, was kind enough to intervene and pay for the 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, at first, McKeel truly did not understand what was happening!
Helping The Seniors
After Taylor explained she would pay for the remainder of the grocery bill, McKeel tried to intervene. But Taylor was persistent. “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 fine, I’ll take care of it, it’s okay,” Taylor recalled to local news station WRCB.
In the interview, Taylor mentioned that the store had seen its fair share of seniors struggling with this new 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,” she continued.
Of course, McKeel knows how much Taylor gave up for him. After all, she’s a teenager with her own items to purchase and college coming in just a few. As such, the senior could not truly express how grateful he felt. “She’s just a little angel is what she was. You know, just the light of day,” McKeel said.
Remember to help your seniors right now, be it a neighbor or grandparents. Check up on them daily, exchange contacts, and deliver them medicine and groceries when needed!