Kind Target Workers Prep Boy for Job Interview

Teenager was just shopping for a clip-on tie
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2015 1:55 PM CST
Updated Feb 6, 2015 7:00 PM CST
Shoppers line up at a Target store.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Ryan Remiorz)
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(Newser) – How often do shopping expeditions in mega-stores lead to heart-warming moments that go viral on Facebook? It happened the other day when a teenage boy went to a Target in Raleigh, NC, ABC 11 reports. The boy wanted a clip-on tie for a job interview, but an employee said they didn't have any. So she got a co-worker, Dennis Roberts, who tied a store tie around his own neck, then fitted it for the boy. But that wasn't all: Roberts also prepped the boy for his interview at Chick-fil-A. "We said, 'Make sure you look him in the eye,'" says Roberts. "I'm saying make sure you give him a firm handshake, and [the other worker] showed him. He tucked his shirt in." The boy politely absorbed it all.

That's when a shopper, Audrey Mark, snapped a photo that she posted on Facebook on Wednesday, WNCN reports. That post has more than 50,000 likes and 4,000 shares as of this writing. "It was a very quiet simple moment, but it was very profound, honestly kindness—from strangers—in a Super Target," says Mark. "He leaves and all these Target employees are screaming 'Bye! Good luck! Tell us how it went.'" Mark and a Target employee both say they cried over the encounter. The Target team even checked with Chick-Fil-A's manager, who couldn't identify the boy but said he would let them know about the hiring by the end of the week. "Some might call it Southern manners," says USA Today. "Others would say it's just plain humanity."

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