Tesco Manager Opens a Checkout for Boy with Down Syndrome to Let Him Do Some ‘Work’

March 22, 2019 Updated: March 27, 2019

It isn’t easy for parents who have a child with special needs, especially if the child has a meltdown in public. When this could’ve happened to a parent in West Yorkshire, England, he was fortunate to meet a group of understanding people who exhibited patience and empathy to his son.

In October 2018, when David Burke took his son Jay to a Tesco Extra store in Bradford for some grocery shopping, he ended up having a hard time persuading the 10-year-old, who has Down syndrome, to step away from a closed checkout lane.

The store manager, James, saw this and decided to help Burke.

“I was trying to get him out from behind the till, but Jay decided he wanted to work at Tesco that day,” Burke, a firefighter, told Caters News Agency. “I was having real difficulty but amazingly the manager, James, came over and opened the till for him.”

David Burke Jr. 发布于 2018年7月13日周五

And Jay was more than happy to be able to “work” for Tesco.

“A massive well done to the staff—Jay was thrilled to bits,” Burke told BBC of Jay’s reactions.

Birthday breakfast selfie with my big boy xx

David Burke Jr. 发布于 2018年9月15日周六

Although Burke and Jay have met other great Tesco staff before while shopping, it was their first time meeting James. And Burke was mighty impressed!

“It was amazing to see the staff take the time and patience to do this for Jay,” Burke told Caters News. “We call him the ‘ultimate icebreaker’ because he will talk to anyone, so the staff know him quite well—but we had never met James before.”

David Burke Jr. 发布于 2017年2月4日周六

Burke also shared the difficulties of bringing his son out in public, but fortunately, some people, like the staff at Tesco, are willing to lend him a helping hand whenever they do the shopping.

“Shopping with a child with special needs [c]an be really difficult,” Burke wrote. “Seeing people recognise that and help you out just takes the pressure off the ideas that others are judging you as a parent. Because that does happen sometimes, and it can be a really hard thing to face.

David Burke Jr. 发布于 2015年7月6日周一

“I really appreciate the staff’s help with this.”

Perhaps Burke’s story will come to mind if you happen to see a parent struggling with their special-needs child one day. So, if you see the need and are able to, do lend a helping hand, or even a simple word of encouragement.

Oh yes, a kind word can go a long way.

David Burke Jr. 发布于 2018年7月13日周五

Watch the video below:

Boy With Downs Syndrome Invited To Scan At Supermarket

This adorable boy was invited to serve behind the cash register of his favourite shop after the manager of the supermarket spotted him playing in a closed lane! ❤️👏

Storytrender 发布于 2018年10月22日周一


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