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Cate Luther is the mom of a daughter with bipolar disorder who takes medications to help stabilize her mood. Unfortunately, one of the medications causes numbness in parts of her body, resulting in a limp that makes it harder to do certain normal activities. When the mom and daughter recently were out shopping, they faced one of those challenging moments--but it was quickly turned around thanks to one kind stranger who wanted to help.
Luther, who blogged about the incident on TheMighty was deeply touched by the stranger's helpfulness in her family's moment of need. It all started when Luther and daughter went shopping at Walmart, and her daughter asked the staff if she could use one of the electric shopping carts to make it easier to get around.
"I was polite and explained my child had a limp. After looking at us quizzically, both employees said no. They told us that the carts were only for adults," wrote Luther.
Though we aren't sure why the employees were so quick to say no--maybe they though the young girl would fool around on the cart?--we ARE sure that what happened next was totally inspiring.
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Another Walmart employee who had eavesdropped on the whole exchange felt very differently about the situation, and wasn't afraid to say so.
"She felt that we were discriminated against. She informed me the carts were there for anyone who needed them. Then she confirmed this with her manager," wrote Luther, who made sure to get the manager's name.
"The next thing I knew, our new hero was riding up on the cart. It wasn’t enough for her to tell us she felt we had been wronged. It wasn’t enough for her to confirm with the manager that my child was entitled to a cart. No, this kind and caring lady went further out of her way. She secured and brought the cart to my child."
With her daughter now happy to not have to worry about her legs slowing her down while they shopped, she and her thankful mom continued their shopping trip, even getting rung up for their purchases by the caring Walmart employee who had come to their defense.
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"I’m not certain how long my daughter will have this limp. I hope it won’t be permanent. Whatever the case, I’m glad there our people like the employee at Walmart, who go out of their way to make sure my daughter has what she needs," wrote Luther.
We wholeheartedly agree!