A young father in Fayetteville got a chance to thrive, all thanks to his community coming together to support him.

A McDonald’s employee who was down on his luck was brutally shamed online by a customer when he was caught napping during his break. 

A rude McDonald’s customer took to social media to shame Simon Childs, 21, for resting on a bench. “Just another reason for me to leave Fayetteville,” the customer wrote to a Facebook group , according to WSB-TV. “I was in the McDonald’s in the middle of town and I saw this guy sleeping in the booth. I go and tell an employee that someone is asleep in their booth and her response was ‘oh yeah, we know hee hee, it’s ok’ and I said ‘not really but whatever.’”

Things aren’t always what they seem

As it turns out, the customer didn’t have the whole story. Homeless, a young father, and mourning the recent death of his mother, Childs was lost without a strong support system. Luckily, the Fayetteville community had some healing power up its sleeve.

I’ve been going through a hard time with my mom passing.

– Simon Childs

Coming together to help 

The Facebook post shaming Childs’ nap was covered by the media, and many people in his community saw it and reached out to let him know they were there for him. In fact, when Childs got back to work after the segment aired, he found that he had been gifted with diapers and other supplies for his baby. Not only that, two local chefs, Xavier and Theo Thomas, offered a car for Simon to borrow to take on job interviews, and a local barber offered him a haircut free of charge. 

I didn’t think the community would even care enough to do that, but they care.

– Simon Childs

When Childs thinks about the woman who started it all, he realized he holds no resentment towards her. The woman, whose name is LuAnn Cofield, ended up apologizing to Childs in person for her actions.

“I do want to thank you,” Childs replied. “Not for the post per se, but for helping me pick my life up off the ground.”

Community matters

This amazing story shows us so much. First, compassion will always win over criticism. Despite the rude McDonald’s customer’s attempt to shame Childs and destroy his reputation, he was uplifted by those around him. Second, we should all try to help those in our communities in the same way those in Fayetteville helped Simon. The community who gave him the essentials for his family, a mode of transportation to get to work, and a clean haircut are all heroes we should look up to. 

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“We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, and an act of kindness.” – Mary Davis