Respecting and treating others with dignity, be they of any age group, is the basic moral code of conduct for us humans. When a Tennessee man discovered an elderly gentleman crying alone in an embarrassing situation, he knew he needed to take the right path.
Marcus Pass, from Cookeville, Tennessee, was having his lunch at the Zaxby’s fast food restaurant when he heard a teen boy laughing. After learning what the boy was laughing about, Pass couldn’t ignore the situation and decided to intervene.
Later on, Pass turned to Facebook to share the incident of the young man mocking an older gentleman in the bathroom because the latter “couldn’t get off the toilet.”
“So I proceed to walk in and can hear this man crying on the toilet,” Pass wrote. “I ask him if he’s ok [sic] he said that his legs were to [sic] weak to stand up and he left his cane by the door.”
Pass then asked the man to unlock the door. When he went inside, he saw that the elderly gentleman had a Vietnam veteran hat on. He helped the veteran to stand up and then assisted in pulling up the elderly man’s pants for him.
With tears in his eyes, the gentleman said that it “was the most embarrassing moment in his life.”
Rant of the day…. eating lunch at zaxbys and over hear some young man laughing about an older gentleman in the…
The veteran told him that he was 69 years old and hugged Pass to thank him for his kindness.
Pass shook hands with the veteran and thanked him for “all he’s done” and then gracefully walked him out to the lobby. But that is not the end of the story…
It’s a no-brainer to understand that it is just unacceptable to dishonor anyone in this manner—be it for any reason, intentional or unintentional. Pass felt the urge to rectify this moral issue at its root; so he went up to the teen boy and made him apologize to the senior man.
Pass concluded the “moral of the story” by saying that “getting old is inevitable, but being a complete [expletive] to a stranger is not.”
Kudos to Pass for his thoughtful and virtuous actions in rectifying the situation and making things right!