Good News Story: Elderly Pays For Black Guy’s Groceries

Good News Story: Elderly Pays For Black Guy’s Groceries
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A Facebook post of a heart-warming incident that involved a man offering to pay for another man’s groceries has gone viral.


Comedian Sampson McCormick’s Facebook post talks about his meeting with an elderly white man at a grocery store. Standing in the checkout line, McCormick and the older man, who the comedian refers to as Mr. Samuel, started talking about race relations in America.

The elderly man offered to pay for the groceries of McCormick, who is black.

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McCormick took a picture of himself with Mr. Samuel and posted it on Facebook, writing, “[It was] just a random moment of solidarity and love that made my day.” “He handed me the receipt, gave me a fist bump and said ‘black lives do matter,’” McCormick added.

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The picture has since received a lot of attention and viewed several times. Speaking with the Huffington Post, McCormick said he hopes his experience could influence the others to stand by unity amid racial tensions sparked especially in the aftermath of the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

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“Love does exist in the world,” McCormick said. “It’s really important for us to come together and, however we can, extend acts of love toward one another because we really do need more love in the world.”

Speaking about Mr. Samuel, McCormick said, “[Mr. Samuel] was like, ‘If we all came together I think we would live in a better world and … I realize that I’m white and I realize I don’t have to deal with things that people of color have to deal with,’” McCormick recalled. “He put his hand on mine and said, ‘Let me do you a favor, just an act of love, and let me pay for your groceries.’”

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