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on Aug 24, 2012
So now it's heroic to give someone the price of a bottle of juice and a candy bar? Great job guy, but hero, not to mention he went and got permission from the manager. What has this world come to.
Another thing, when I got to Whole Foods and ask questions about the produce, often the floor people will give me a sample. He also could have done that, give her an orange or a banana - better than juice and a candybar anyway. I think they have done the same thing at Trader Joe's before ... not sure, but they should if they don't.
Republicans ought to be up in arms about this ... why should someone get free food? Don't you know there is no such thing as a fre lunch? Won't that lead to towards and "entitlement mentality" ... sure, she can just go anywhere, any of us can now and fake diabetic attack and get free food ... Ayn Rand is probably spinning in her grave ... if she's in it and not flying around under the full moon on hr broomstick with Paul Ryan!
Maybe Anon should get a life.
What a bunch of pessimists. Someone does a good deed and you put them down for it and make a big deal. Maybe you should try doing something good for someone. Someday you may need some help and nobody helps you. This world would be a much better place to live in if we helped a friend or neighbor. Can't you just praise the guy for doing good and just drop it at that instead telling him what he should have done. At least he tried and did something about it. The girls Mom was greatfull because someone was there to help.
Good Job Nick
Wonderful ! Thank you .. and no, I am not related to the girl .. its a good deed and needs to be acknowledged.
Why is this news worthy? The girl had enough common sense to "borrow" some juice.
Come on, no one put the guy down ... there is a far cry between expressing the opinion that there is nothing heroic about buying someone drink and candy bar and putting that person down ... and as far as getting a life, how much of you life did you spend trying to think of that lame attack? It was a nice thing to do, sorry, but not heroic. Calling that heroic really is a put down to those who really are heroic.
Of course it is trader joe employee....it would NEVER be a Walmart employee
Nick is a good samaritan, and any store would be lucky to have him as an employee.
It very well could have been a Wal-Mart employee, I bet there are a lot more diabetic shoppers at Wal-Mart than Trader Joe's, certainly more chances.
I agree that the word hero is inappropriate here. Nick is a good samaritan who did what I hope so many of us would have done in a similar situation.
A hero puts his own life at risk to save others. This is a nice story but please don't overplay what he did. I am so pleased that the teen is doing fine now.
Nick is a great person and would help whoever needed it. Don't put him down for helping someone....Nick is loved by many and loves what he does. We love you Nick!!! Great job.
Whoa everyone. Try to see the good in things will you and stop all this negative talk.
Just pay attention to your surroundings and when others need help reach out a hand. Not turning a blind eye is hard for some people. Not wanting to get involved.
Why be so unkind with your words. It's nice things turned out well. That's all that matters. Heros are everywhere, big and small.
A Walmart employee would get fired for giving the girl free anything and the girl would be charged with shoplifting.
> A Walmart employee would get fired for giving the girl free anything and the girl would be charged with shoplifting.
You don't know that, you are just playing into stereotypes.
> Try to see the good in things will you and stop all this negative talk.
It's not negative talk to say there was nothing heroic about doing a good deed. It is foolish talk to inflate it and probably embarrassing to the kid who did it. Why not put him up for a Nobel Peace prize if you think this was such an important incident? ;-)
> Don't put him down for helping someone
No one is putting him down ... I don't see on post here that is putting the kid down for doing what a kid or anyone else should do. Why this kind of Orwellian reverse attacks. If I take my kid to the doctor for a treatment of a fatal disease and he lives, am I a hero? Stop this kind of weirdness please.
Great job Nick, don't let this be the most heroic thing you ever do in your life! ;-)
Gosh, people have really learned how to spin with the best of the mainstream media, how awful, see what Fox News has done to everyone!
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I take issue to the cynicism expressed in a number of these comments. Sometimes we all just need a feel-good story, and that's what this was. If it were my child who had wandered into TJ's in that state, you bet I would be thinking Nick was a hero.
Nick, if you're reading this (and I'm sure you are), hats off to you, and please ignore the rude responses of some of my fellow readers. We are lucky to have you in our community. Thank you.
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