Internet trolls are real, and they are pretty much coming for everyone. According to a local Atlanta news station, WSB 2, last week a McDonald’s customer posted a picture of a young man sleeping inside the restaurant to a private Facebook group. Her caption read,”Just another reason for me to leave Fayetteville. I was in the McDonald’s in the middle of town, and I saw this guy sleeping in the booth. I go and tell an employee that someone is asleep in their booth and her response was ‘oh yeah, we know hee hee, it’s ok’ and I said, ‘not really but whatever.'”
Now, while we totally feel that watching someone sleep inside any restaurant is a bit unsettling, this is a perfect example of why you don’t have to post everything to social media right away. The chances of taking a situation like this out of context are pretty high, and unfortunately that’s exactly what this woman did.
In reality, the “guy” that she was referring to was 21-year-old Simon Childs, a young father who had just lost his mom and had pretty much no place to go. He later told reporters that “It kind of hurt to see my picture up there, you know? I thought it was something negative and nobody would care about it.”
Luckily, people took her bad juju and turned it into something beautiful and positive. Members from the community who saw or heard about the post began to stop by the McDonald’s and donate “diapers for his son, supplies, and clothes.” Local chefs Xavier and Theo Thomas even offered Childs a car to drive around in for interviews, while a local barber offered to give him a haircut so that he feel empowered and looked his best. Talk about teaching a man to fish!
As for the woman that originally posted the picture of Childs, he has no ill will towards her. He told WSB 2, “I’m not homeless, not now, thanks to her.” Wow. This guy is too nice.
The woman herself later told reporters off camera that “she never intended to shame any one person in particular and she posted it in a private group.” That doesn’t really sound like an apology. Try again, please.