Feel-good news can be hard to come by, so when Samantha-Jayne Brady stumbled upon a random act of kindness in Horwich in the UK, the 23-year-old promptly posted photographic evidence on Facebook. The act was a simple but impressionable one that resulted in more than 70,000 shares in two days: An 18-year-old shop worker walking a 96-year-old man home from the Aldi market, hand in hand, not expecting a thing in return. "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," college student Christian Trouesdale tells the Bolton News. "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."
Trouesdale admits he's normally a bit shy and doesn't know what to make of all the attention. Facebook comments include, "You see good people are still around," "Well done on your parents for raising a young man to show respect for his Elders," and, "outshines all the derogative press for young people." Brady, who works across the street from Aldi, says she was motivated to post the photo for precisely this reason: "There are so many negative stories about young people, but the positive ones just aren't seen on a large scale." But this one is already appearing in the Telegraph, the Mirror, and Manchester Evening News. (Another man's kindness was shared widely last year with his random acts of pasta.)