Young woman impatient as stranger checks out. Then hears older man yell, “What are you doing?”

Pretty often, life is finding amusing ways to snap or attention from what we’re doing and focusing it on the stuff that really matter. It happened to this young lady, named Alana Ruthann while she was waiting in the checkout line at a Walmart store in Ankeny, Iowa.

Preoccupied with her cellphone, something heartwarming was unfolding just in front of her. But thankfully, the young woman managed to capture the touching interaction.

Photo source: Alana Ruthann/ Facebook

Alana was trying to pay her items when she noticed that the two men in front of her were engaged in something truly special. The girl shared the whole moment on Facebook and you can read her story bellow:

” There I was caught in the rush of life yesterday at Walmart Ankeny. Annoyed I was standing in a line, God forbid I wait for something in this ‘instant- I need it now life’… holding a few items in my hands ready to celebrate St. Paddy’s festivities, absorbed in my own world of technology, looking down at my phone, I didn’t even notice the two gentlemen standing in front of me until I heard an older mans voice in confusion declare, ‘Wait, what is happening? What are you doing?’…

I looked up from my phone to see a younger man in front of the older gentleman respond, ‘Sir, I’m paying for your items because you paid by serving my country and I’m grateful for you.’ The older man was caught off guard with a loss for words, fumbling his gloves in his hands and trying desperately to hold in his emotion, as was I. Just as quickly as he scanned his card and paid for the items, that young man said another thank you and quickly left. The veteran was still in shock as he was handed his items he asked, ‘What do I do now?’ To which the cashier responded with a warm smile, ‘You have a good day!’ It was that moment I realized I had TWO heroes in line in-front of me. My heart welled as I watched our veteran readjust his Veteran ball cap, straighten up, and hold his head with pride as he walked out knowing someone was grateful for him. What a feeling- in this life where we rush through with our eyes down at a screen full of negativity and disagreements – to have someone simply say ‘I’m grateful for you.’  That 20 second interaction didn’t just change the veteran’s day- it changed my day, as well as that cashier’s- because that 20 seconds showed us by looking up and slowing down- life is pretty beautiful and surely we can find something to be grateful for. 

Thank you Ankeny Angel- we needed you. “

Since Alana posted this story, it’s been shared more than 15,000 times, being obviously that a lot of people appreciate this young man’s incredible gesture. We really need people like him in the world nowadays!


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