“When my son was eleven years old, I was a single parent. We didn’t have any family in the region except for my aunt, and we didn’t have any friends because we had only recently moved there.
My kid wanted to get me a Mother’s Day gift, and it was Mother’s Day. I was quite proud of him since he wanted to accomplish everything on his own and with his own money. This was not something I had planned for him. He had a spur-of-the-moment idea that he wanted to act on right now. He requested that I drive him to Walmart and drop him off there so that he could purchase the gift in secret. I was supposed to wait at my aunt’s house, which was only a half-mile away, and he was supposed to call me after he was done shopping (I gave him my mobile phone so he could call my aunt’s house). So, as planned, I dropped him off and stood there watching him enter the store with his jar full of spare cash.
After a short time, I received a call to pick him up. I quickly drove up to him and scooped him up. He was in tears since he couldn’t afford the gift. This was troubling for me because my son has Asperger’s Syndrome and is usually a stoic individual. He hardly never cries unless he’s in a bad mood.
His shopping went smoothly, and he found just what he was looking for. The cashier refused to accept his money because it was in change. She instructed him to take it to a bank and return. That was obviously not going to happen because it was Mother’s Day and a Sunday. And he was just a kid, and she expected him to go out and find a bank on his own.
The cashier at Walmart was so callous and cruel to turn away a child with enough money to give his mother a Mother’s Day gift simply because his currency was in coins. I’m confident that Walmart’s founder, Sam Walton, did not envision such a business profile when he founded the company that was supposed to be family-oriented.
I still have a hard time shopping at Walmart because of the brutality of that clerk, even though it was eighteen years ago. My son’s heart was broken by the cashier. In those eighteen years, I’ve only seen him weep twice, so you can imagine how harsh her response to the small boy with the jar of cash on Mother’s Day was.
My son has the biggest heart and is the first to help anyone in need as an adult.”