Working in the food industry is tough, especially during busy hours when both your mind and body are working frantically to keep up with all the customers.

But one cashier at a busy McDonald’s in downtown Chicago put down everything he was doing to help out a customer in need.

Fellow customer Destiny Carreno was in line when an elderly, handicapped man in a wheelchair rolled up to the cashier in front of her. He was trying to ask him something, but it took a few tries for the cashier to understand what he was saying.

The man was saying “Help me please,” but was unable to tell them what kind of help he needed. After a few guesses, the cashier finally realized that the man needed help cutting and eating his meal.

Destiny thought he wouldn’t help him. But to her pleasant surprise he instead shut down his register and walked away, proceeding to wash his hands and put on some gloves. He then sat down at the man’s table and began cutting his meal and helping him eat.

Seeing all this play out in front of her, Destiny couldn’t help but snap a heartwarming picture and post it on her Facebook.

“At that point, the tears started to gather in my eyes. My heart was so appreciate for what he did,” she says in her comments. “This employee, who put everything on hold for this man, went above and beyond his responsibilities to help this handicapped customer out. That was the kindest and most humble thing I had ever seen.”

As anyone who has worked in the food industry will know, it’s almost impossible to abandon your station or the tasks piled up before you when the restaurant is busy. But this cashier has taught us that however busy we are, and however important the work in front of us might appear to be, nothing is more valuable than sharing a little bit of compassion.

By - grape Japan editorial staff.