This 17-year-old grocery store cashier is being hailed for going above and beyond the call of duty to help a senior shopper named Layne McKeel.
McKeel hasn’t been able to get out of his house very much since the start of the novel coronavirus outbreaks. He had just picked up his disability payment last week when he decided to go get some food and supplies from the Fresh n’ Low supermarket in Georgetown, Tennessee.
The young grocery store employee named Elizabeth Taylor had just finished ringing up McKeel at checkout when he was distressed to find himself $33 short of his final $173 bill.
After explaining his dilemma to Elizabeth, McKeel was about to put some of his items back on the shelf—but before he could, she simply insisted on paying for all of his groceries instead.
“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,” Elizabeth recalled to WRCB.
When asked about what inspired her to show such kindness towards a stranger, Elizabeth simply shrugged and said: “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.”
McKeel, on the other hand, was extremely touched by the gesture, calling her an “angel” and “the light of day”.