- A store clerk in Minnesota gave her shoes to a man after she noticed he didn’t have any.
- The woman’s manager told a local news station that he wished he had “a dozen” of her on staff.
- The woman, nicknamed “Ace”, said she “automatically” took off her shoes when she saw the man in need.
A store clerk in Minnesota gave her vintage Jordans to a man after she noticed he was wearing boxes on his feet. WCCO, CBS affiliate, reported Friday.
Ta Leia Thomas, nicknamed “Ace,” works at a liquor store in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Brooklyn Center Liquor manager Tom Agnes said WCCO he saw Ace working on his socks when he returned from his lunch break on Tuesday.
Security camera footage shows a man rummaging through a trash can outside the store looking for boxes he can attach to his feet instead of shoes, according to WCCO. Thomas saw the man and stopped him by offering him his own showstopper, his favorite pair of vintage Air Jordans.
Thomas told WCCO that he “automatically took my shoes off” when he saw the man. “He said nobody would ever give me shoes like that and I said, ‘well, I’m not everybody,'” Thomas told WCCO.
Thomas said she was “always taught to help others” because “you never know what their problem is or what they’re going through.”
Agnes bought Thomas a new pair of shoes to finish the day at work and shared Thomas’ kindness in a Facebook post that has since received nearly a thousand likes comments.
“This wasn’t just any ordinary pair of old shoes. Ace, being a Minnesota Vikings fan, had her favorite pair of purple Nike Air Jordans, which she gave the man without hesitation,” Agnes wrote in the post. “This is a true example of empathy, compassion and holiday spirit.
Agnes told WCCO he raised $450 to buy Thomas a new pair of replacement shoes, but later found out Thomas was taking care of his mother, who needed a new bed. Agnes said he gave the money to Thomas instead so she could use it to buy a bed.
“I wish I had a dozen aces on staff,” Agnes told WCCO.
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