Elderly Man Gets Declined At Dollar General, Then Cashier Sees His Hat And Changes Everything

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

An elderly veteran and a young Dollar General cashier made waves online this week after an impossibly sweet interaction left people all over the world in awe.

Jacob Wittman, a cashier at a Dollar General store in Oklahoma, stepped up to the plate after he discovered an elderly customer was struggling to pay for his purchases.

Much like the kind plumber who stepped in to help a neighbor, Jacob took matters into his own hands.

Jacob noticed that his venerable customer also happened to be wearing a veteran’s cap. All too often, veterans don’t get the respect and support they need.

This gentleman, with a history of service, didn’t deserve the embarrassment of struggling with his credit card in line.

Jacob realized this instantly, and his ensuing actions are a beautiful example of what can happen when young people step up to help their elders.

Scroll through below to see the act of kindness unfold.

[H/T: Love What Matters]

A young man named Jacob Wittman became a hero this week after a photo of him at work was posted to the Love What Matters Facebook page.

Jacob works as a cashier at a Dollar General in Salislaw, Oklahoma.

This past week, he performed an incredible act of kindness for an elderly customer that left the internet buzzing.

The online post took off, garnering thousands of likes and shares in a matter of hours, not to mention the hundreds of comments from enthusiastic viewers in support of the kind young man and his customer.

The post, credited to a bystander named Tim McKellar, reads:

I just witnessed one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen and would love to share the story with y’all and give credit where it’s due.

An elderly gentleman was trying to buy a few things at the Dollar General in Salisaw, Oklahoma when his card was declined because he couldn’t remember his PIN number.


He tried a couple different times when another lady offered to help him again with no luck.

That’s when the cashier Jacob Wittman pulled his wallet out and told the lady to scan his card which ended up working without any problem.

The old man wearing his veteran hat was obviously confused and asked the kid if he had just bought his stuff totaling right at $20.

Jacob said ‘Yes sir I did and you don’t owe me a dime.’

Now this kid obviously makes minimum wage or real close to it and probably didn’t have the extra money to spare.

I thanked him for what he had done, asked for his name and took his picture.

Let’s give this Good Samaritan the acknowledgement that he deserves.

Everyone please share this to help recognize this fine young man.

What do you think of this young man’s act of kindness for an elderly veteran? Let us know in the comments below!

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