Sunday, January 17, 2016

Woman Sees How Target Employee Treats Old Lady.. Immediately Calls For Manager

An Indianapolis woman was trying to make a quick stop at Target on Wednesday. However, what she witnessed in her rush to get through the checkout line stopped her in her tracks and forced her to call the store manager.
Sarah Owen Bigler was waiting somewhat impatiently in line when she noticed her young cashierdemonstrating incomparable patience and kindness to the elderly woman in front of her.
According to WRTV out of Indianapolis, Bigler had stopped at the store with her two children to pick up a few things. When she found a line with only one person ahead of her, she unloaded her merchandise onto the conveyor belt to wait her turn.
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She soon looked up and noticed the elderly woman in front of her. To Bigler’s growing frustration, the woman was paying for each item separately with change. Bigler’s annoyance only grew.
“Part of me, the part that had a long day at work, the part of me who had a 1-1/2 year old having a meltdown in the cart, the part that had set an unnecessary timeline for Target and getting home, was frustrated with this woman and the inconvenience she had placed on me,” Bigler wrote in a Facebook post.
However, Bigler quickly noticed the cashier, Ishmael, treating the older woman with nothing but tenderness and respect. He replied to her with “yes, ma’ams” when she spoke and helped her count out her change.
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Yesterday Matt was sick. I picked up Archie from the sitter and Eloise from school and decided to run to Target for a few things. I had hoped to be in and out quickly.
I found a line with just one person ahead of me and began organizing my items on the conveyor. After placing my items, I look up to see that the person ahead of me was an elderly woman. She was paying for her items with change and wanted to purchase each separately. Part of me, the part that had a long day at, the part of me who had a 1 1/2 year old having a melt down in the cart, the part that had set an unnecessary timeline for Target and getting home, was frustrated with this woman and the inconvenience she had placed on me.
BUT then I watched the young employee with this woman. I watched him help her count her change, ever so tenderly taking it from her shaking hands. I listened to him repeatedly saying "yes, mam" to her. When she asked if she had enough to buy a reusable bag, he told her she did and went two lines over to get one for her and then repackaged her items. Never once did this employee huff, gruff or roll his eyes. He was nothing but patient and kind.
As I was watching him, I saw that Eloise was too. She was standing next to the woman, watching the employee count the change. I realized I hadn't been inconvenienced at all. That my daughter was instead witnessing kindness and patience and being taught this valuable lesson by a complete stranger; furthermore, I realized that I too needed a refresher on this lesson.
When the woman was finished, the employee began ringing up my items and thanked me for my patience. I then thanked him for teaching us patience and kindness by his treatment of that elderly woman. And although my timeline for target was askew, when he was finished I pushed my cart through the store trying to find the manager. I wanted her to know of the employee's, kindness and patience, and how much it meant to me. After tracking her down and sharing the story with her, we left Target with a cart full of consumable items, but what is more a heart full of gratitude for such an invaluable lesson.
If you are ever in the Glendale Target, give Ishmael a smile and a nod. The world could use more people like him.
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Perhaps the biggest lesson for Bigler was that her young daughter was watching this exchange.

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