The good samaritan ate the rest of his meal wearing just his socks, then walked barefoot out into the cold.
Hallie Cassady’s family eats at Chick-fil-A in Bowling Green, Kentucky at least once a week. But last week’s visit to their favorite restaurant wasn’t like the others. Chowing down with her loved ones, the 13 year old witnessed a gesture of kindness that will alter her perspective forever.
That day Hallie was one of many customers who noticed an old man in need of some help. "His shoes were being held together with duct tape," the teenager recalled to WBKO.
Another diner noticed the man too, and Hallie says she watched as he looked in him the eye, took off his boots and handed them to him. The good samaritan, who was later identified as Mark Townsend of Scottsville, ate the rest of his meal wearing just his socks, then walked barefoot out into the cold.
Inspired by what she was seeing, Hallie snapped a photo of Townsend’s shoeless feet. Her father, Kyle, shared the photo on Twitter. In no time, the post took off, garnering hundreds of shares and a flood of positive responses.
"There really is still good people in this world if we just look for it. It was just so kind of the man to do it," Hallie told WBKO.
"As a parent you always want good examples and role models for your kids," said Kyle. "The irony behind all this is the values and beliefs of the Chick-fil-A corporation, and this act of kindness taking place here in this store in Bowling Green, Kentucky, she got to see something that you don't see everyday.”
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Townsend, it turns out, stopped by the Chick-fil-A after taking his granddaughter to an orthodontist appointment. They considered going through the drive-thru, but in the end they decided to go inside—a decision Townsend feels he was destined to make.
"My granddaughter said, 'Pa, why did you do that?' And I said, 'because God spoke to me, and said to give him my shoes,'" Townsend later recalled to WBKO.
He continued: "God said, I'll supply your needs, and that's all that matters. I don't worry about nothing. I have a roof over my head, shoes on my feet.”