Credit: 89.9 The Wave
These days, the safest way to go grocery shopping is to stock up on as much as you can at once. This will hopefully help you avoid having to leave the house more than necessary, keeping you safe and healthy.
There is a key problem with this tactic, however: it is costly. While you’re shopping less, the amount spent at once can cause problems when you live paycheck to paycheck.
In Georgetown, Tennessee, one senior shopper certainly feels the effects of this. To keep healthy, Layne McKeel only leaves home for the essentials. After picking up his disability check, he stopped by his local Fresh n’ Low to pick up necessary food and supplies.
But he just missed the senior discount hours, and the disability check wasn’t enough. With the essentials gathered, McKeel’s bill ended up being $173, and he came up short by $33. With no other way to pay for the remainder, McKeel was going to sacrifice some of this items to be able to pay for the groceries himself. However, his cashier, 17-year-old Elizabeth Taylor, stopped him and insisted on paying for his groceries herself.
When asked about her kindness but the local news station, Taylor recalled that in this difficult time, the elderly receive the short end of the stick. Many of the elderly only leave home during certain hours, and stores are often picked over by the time they arrive.
“We’ve seen a lot of older people, and they’re all trying to buy groceries and a lot of places have ran 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,” Elizabeth Taylor says.
Layne McKeel was floored by the young woman’s act of kindness.
“She’s just a little angel is what she was. You know, just the light of day,” McKeel said.
While the world seems to be in a perpetual state of uncertainty, kindness prevails. The actions of people like Elizabeth Taylor remind us not to lose our humanity in the face of adversity, and to be there for the people who may need assistance.