Maxwell T. Auger (left), Meijer grocery store (right) (Photo Credit: Facebook)
A father, shopping with his baby at the Meijer grocery store, found himself in a frustrating spot as the center of unwanted attention. Bothered by their glares, he couldn’t figure out why there were all just standing there. When he finally made it to the checkout, a sales clerk came up behind and stunned him with what she did when he turned around.
This dad’s day hadn’t been going well. The father, Maxwell Auger, was forced to leave work early to attend to his sick infant, Chelsea, since his wife was unable to break away from her job. When he got back to his house, he sent his daughter’s babysitter home, then tried to get his baby’s temperature down. Distressed about what to do, he called the pediatrician, who sent him to the store with a short shopping list of things his child needed, but that trip didn’t go at all as he had hoped.
According to Maxwell’s post about the incident on Facebook, he packed his baby up and begrudgingly went to Meijer as a matter of necessity, despite how ill his little girl was. To his surprise, his sick kid actually kept it together pretty well in the store. Sitting in the cart, she was happy for the first few aisles, until they rounded the corner to grab some baby food. That’s when her vomit came back with a vengeance, and she puked all over herself, the father, and the floor.
With a cart full of items, a sobbing baby, and the two of them being covered in vomit, the father just wanted to pay for his groceries and get out of there. He was pushing the cart with one hand and holding Chelsea in his free arm, when he got to the front of the store and stopped all shoppers in their tracks. Rather than helping, the dad said everyone just stared and even formed somewhat of a circle around him to watch his struggle, right as his daughter began to puke again.
Now covered in more vomit and everyone’s dirty looks, his frustration level was through the roof, as he could feel his eyes well up with tears. Through the mess, he saw what seemed like a store employee out of the corner of his eye. In a plea for help, he shouted out to the clerk, “I said to her, with my voice trembling and tears welling up in my eyes, feeling helpless, ‘Ma’am can you please help me ring this stuff out? I have to get her home.’” She ran to his aid and grabbed the puke-soaked infant from his arms. She said with a smile, “Yes sir, absolutely.”
Chris K. (Photo Credit: Facebook)
The kind employee, Chris K, then led the father to a register, taking the load off the overwhelmed parent and quickly taking care of his groceries, so he could get home. “Here is a lady who not only was willing to help, but she didn’t hesitate to hold my puke-covered, crying kid!” the grateful dad wrote in his post.
This worker went far above and beyond to do her job and show a stranger some compassion. She didn’t have to comfort the filthy child, she wanted to do it and didn’t expect anything in return for it, other than to see a little relief on this father’s face. Chris K is not just a valuable employee with an unparalleled work ethic, she’s an incredible person. She didn’t wait for someone else to come forward, she chose to be a blessing to this man that day.
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