Teenage Walmart worker hailed as a hero after he helped out a distressed customer by footing her $110 grocery bill
19-year-old John Lopez Jr. never thought his good deed would go viral and said he was only doing what his parents taught him growing up.
A teenager from Texas won several hearts on social media after he paid off a distressed customer's grocery bill during his shift at a local Walmart. When one customer at a Princeton Walmart became upset after coming up short on the bill, 19-year-old John Lopez Jr. said he only did what his parents taught him growing up.
Speaking to KTVT, Lopez said: “She started crying and I was like, ‘Okay, I got you. I got you. I just felt in my heart that the Lord told me I had to help her.”
“I just witnessed this ‘kid’ pay for a cart of merchandise for a woman in obvious distress about her inability to pay,” Simms wrote as she captioned a photo of Lopez behind the register. “He is always singing, upbeat, courteous, joyful and efficient … He just renewed my faith in humanity and the generation we are raising! Everyone share this so the world knows what a blessing John is to our community!”
As Lopez told KTVT that he never expected his good deed for the day to go viral, Simms' Facebook post raked in more than 5,100 "likes" and was shared over 3,600 as of Thursday morning. “Tuesday night I was up until 11 looking at the comments on the post,” Lopez told the station. “I was like, ‘This can’t be real.'” He continued: “My parents basically taught me if someone needs help you should be able to help them and if someone is down, bring them up. I make it my goal to at least in one way make someone smile.”
The 19-year-old took a job at the Walmart in Princeton in March to earn money to go to college. He saves most of what he makes but couldn't stop himself from helping the woman in need. Lopez's actions have garnered a huge following within the Princeton community, with one person even setting up a crowdfunding page for the good Samaritan. As the GoFundMe page crosses $34,000 in donations, a stunned Lopez has said he plans to save the funds for college.
Aside from social media users, Walmart officials also applauded Lopez for the kind act in a statement to People. “Our associates are special and John’s actions are a perfect example,” the statement reads. “Those who know John wouldn’t be surprised. He’s a kind, generous person and we couldn’t be more proud of him.”