Consumerist reports that employees at a Raleigh-Durham Target store were caught taking a break from stocking shelves to aid a young man in his pursuit of a job.
When reporters talked to employees about the photo that went viral online, they say they were helping out a customer heading to a job interview at a nearby Chick fil-A and looking for that final finishing touch to make himself look more professional.
“I asked him if he needed help and he told me he needed clip on ties,” says one employee who noticed the young man wandering around the store. But the store doesn’t carry clip-ons, so this employee asked a co-worker to assist the young gentleman. The teen bought a tie for him from the Target store and then went over to the employee who helped him tie it correctly. “We took the wrapping off it, and I tied it on my neck, and fit it over head adjusted it and tightened it…fixed all his collar buttons and he was set to go,” says the worker.
Store staffers also gave the teen a boost by prepping him for what to expect at his interview: “We said, ‘Make sure you look him in the eye.’ I’m saying make sure you give him a firm handshake, and she showed him… he tucked his shirt in.”
While all this was going on, a curious Target shopper noticed the heartwarming scene and snapped this photo. “It was a very quiet simple moment, but it was very profound honestly kindness… from strangers… in a Super Target,” she recalls. “He leaves and all these Target employees are screaming ‘Bye! Good luck! Tell us how it went.'”
“We were just here to help a young man get a job and forward his future,” said the employee who tied the tie. The Target workers later popped by the Chick fil-A to talk up the teen and see how he did on the interview. The manager said he’d make a decision by the end of the week.