Picture Of Teenage Aldi Employee Walking An Elderly Customer Home Goes Viral
A photo of a teenage Aldi employee walking an elderly customer home with his groceries has gone viral, ITV News is reporting.
Christian Trouesdale, 18, was captured on camera last Friday in his Aldi uniform, with a bag of groceries in one hand, and the other hand holding that of an elderly gentleman walking with his cane. Passerby Samantha-Jayne Brady was the person who caught the moment, and she posted it to social media.
“Need to share this, whilst working earlier we watched this lovely lad walking this little old man home.. He wasn’t very agile, nor fast but Christian walked with him ever so patiently and slowly, chatted along with him and carried his bag for him. It was a lovely thing to witness and they seemed to be having a good chit-chat along their way. High 5 to Aldi for letting him do this and high 5 to Christian from Aldi in horwich for his selfless, thoughtful & caring gesture! I desperately want this lad to get some kind of recognition from his workplace so if this gave you a little more faith in mankind PLEASE share! Good people still exist.”
Samantha’s photo of the Aldi employee and the elderly couple quickly went viral, garnering over 285,000 Likes and over 76,000 Shares on Facebook as of this post.
Speaking to The Bolton News, the Horwich teen says that he’s walked the elderly gent home with his groceries once before – Samantha just happened to catch him on the second time he’d done it.
“I asked my manager if it was ok to walk him home and he said that was the right thing to do, so I did. Then when the gentleman came in a week later, he asked for me and asked if I would do it again and I was very happy to. We had a good chat about everything from the General Election to the history of Horwich – he knew lots about everything.”
Since then, the teen – who insists he was only doing what he believes was the right thing to do – has become something of an internet celebrity. Messages of love and support have come in from all over the world, and a GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money to buy a gift for the teen.
“The reaction has been completely crazy, my facebook is just overflowing with messages, I can’t even start to read them all. One woman posted on my wall from America saying that she wished there were more people in her country like me, it has been really amazing. I went back into Aldi this afternoon and a lady came up and hugged me and said she loved what I had done.”
As of this post, the elderly gentlemen being helped home by a teenage Aldi employee hasn’t been identified.
[Image courtesy of: Facebook]