Grocery Store Cashier Goes the Extra Mile to Make a 90-Year-Old Grandmother’s Birthday Extra Special
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
A cashier from Athens, Ohio found an adorably sweet way to take a grandmother’s 90-year-old birthday up a notch.
Jeannettea Hollingshead was at a Kroger grocery store buying her grandmother, or “Gramma,” a cake for her birthday when a cashier named Wes went above and beyond with a sweet act of kindness.
“He asked about the cake, and when I told him about Gramma, he exclaimed, ‘Wait right here just a minute please!’ and walked away,” Hollingshead wrote on a post on Facebook. “He came back a minute later with a rose he’d purchased at the flower stand and asked me to give it to her to help her celebrate.”
Hollingshead proceeded to tell Wes that her grandmother was there and he could personally give her the flowers.
The adorable pair made sure to take a picture, documenting the incredible gesture from Wes.
Hollingshead shared the lovely story to the Kroger’s Facebook page where the post quickly went viral. The heartwarming story received over 38,000 likes and 5,000 shares.
“This young man, Wes, went above and beyond, and his act of kindness really made Gramma’s day,” Hollingshead wrote on Facebook. “I hope this message gets to you, and I hope someone at corporate recognizes him for this! It was just too sweet!”
People on social media were quick to comment on the post, sharing similar experiences that they have had at different Kroger’s with the employees going the extra mile.
“When my dad passed away, the employees at the Kroger he always shopped at in Springfield, Ohio sent flowers to the funeral home. It meant a lot to my family!” one user wrote.
“Love my Kroger (Conroe TX on West Davis). I won’t shop anywhere else. Customer service is outstanding and the store is always clean,” another user shared.
Kroger even shared the photo to their main Facebook page. They also responded to the viral post by writing, “This is so sweet, we had to take a moment to grab some tissues!”
Gramma could not believe that her picture reached so many people.
“Gramma can hardly believe that almost 40,000 people have seen her picture! She tries to read every comment and like each one,” Hollingshead told Your Daily Dish.
Hollingshead hopes her simple Facebook post will inspire other act of kindness.
“I was simply inspired to share Wes’s wonderful act of kindness because we hear and see so many negative things on a daily basis, yet most of us would say we live fairly positive lives,” Hollingshead told Your Daily Dish. “I hope it will inspire others to do acts of kindness and also to post when they see other people being helpful and kind as well.”