Sometimes it takes the smallest of kind acts to make an impact on someone else’s life. When Nick Tate, a Walmart employee, served a foster mom one day, he had no idea that their interaction would have such an impact.
Nick Tate is a cashier at Walmart in Newcastle, Oklahoma. The 20-year-old is known for his friendly nature and his compassion for everyone, including his customers.
One evening, Nick was working a busy Friday shift when a foster mom came through his line. She was juggling two little girls and a baby, while she attempted to purchase her groceries. The toddlers were causing her a bit of trouble and she was struggling to keep them in control.
As she reached the head of Nick’s queue, Nick sympathetically looked at her and said, “One of those days?”
She apologized and began to sort her shopping, thinking that she had done something wrong. Behind her, the queue was getting longer and other customers were starting to get impatient. The eyes of the other customers were burning into the back of her head as she pulled out a WIC card (assistance for low-income families).
“I’ve never used WIC before,” she warned Nick. “I don’t know how it’s going to go.” It was clear that she was feeling the pressure of all the people in the line behind her. Nick swiped the card several times, but it wasn’t working.
Nick saw how stressed the foster mom was, juggling her temperamental children with shopping in a busy store, with people staring at and judging her. Now, her WIC card wasn’t working either. Instead of adding to her load, Nick decided to do something that reduced her to tears. He paid the $60 for her groceries himself.
[He told me] I wasn’t failing and that what we were doing was an amazing thing. I wish I would have gotten this young man’s name and could thank him again and tell him just how much what he did meant to our family.
Nick didn’t expect anything in return, he just knew that he wanted to help. He believes in paying good deeds forward.
People within the community went wild for Nick’s kind act and he has become a mini-celebrity in Newcastle for what he did. Everyone is so impressed by his generosity that people are taking his lead and starting to pay it forward too.