Tesco Worker Personally Delivers Foods To 99-Year-Old Man Who Had Nothing In His Basket
A Tesco worker who couldn't find anything except a comb on a 99-year-old's shopping list decided to make a personal delivery to him instead.
Elderly Norman, who does his weekly shop on Thursdays in the Basildon Tesco branch in Essex, was spotted in need of help by the store's area manager Dan Scott.
But when 32-year-old Dan offered to complete his shop for him - which included essentials like bread and eggs - all that was left on the list was a comb.
It left Dan sad and angry at others' selfish behaviour - especially when Norman told him he'd "had more food in the war".
Taking matters into his own hands, Dan asked a colleague who was in overnight at Tesco to collect the items on the list when the deliveries arrived.
He also went home and asked his neighbours if they could please spare some food, so Norman wouldn't have to go out for groceries again any time soon.
He said in a Facebook post: "Yesterday I met a man called Norman, he asked for some help with his shopping list. Sadly in these times I couldn't get Norman anything off his list but a comb.
"I was devastated. So I wrote down my number and asked him to call me with his list tomorrow, I will get it for him early and take it to him.
"Norman being very humbling said he'd try again tomorrow and when I asked how he was getting home, he laughed and said he was driving. HES 99 YEARS OLD!!!"
"I was truly overcome with emotion when he left me and thought how can this man not get any food. He's got a daughter but you can imagine her age," he continued.
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"So I asked someone in Tesco to do me a shop overnight that I could collect first thing. I got home and me and Dan asked our neighbours if anyone had anything they could spare.
"Again, I was overwhelmed with the generosity of people we managed to get a huge hamper of food.
"Me and my colleague Carol surprised Norman today with everything on his list and a lot more!! He was so grateful and said 'I'll live like a king till I'm 100 now'."
Making a plea to others, he wrote: "Please can people share this, so we get a message out there that people buying all these products and clearing the shelves is seriously stopping people like Norman from even eating. All he wanted was bread, eggs, marmite and some beans. It's disgusting!!!
"He also told me today he had more food in the war...... think about that for a second."
Dan rounded off his post by explaining how happy he felt knowing Norman had food, but wondered how many more vulnerabale people like Norman are out there.
He said: "[...] how many more Norman's are there right now because of the most selfish, disgusting people in this world!!
"Stay safe everyone, and look around you, people really need your help."
The government has repeatedly urged people to shop sensibly during the COVID-19 pandemic so that nobody has to go without, and assured the public that there's enough food to go around.
In response to the crisis, stores such as Sainsbury's, Waitrose, Tesco and Lidl have introduced special hours for the elderly and vulnerable to shop in after kind members of the public urged them to do so.
So next time you're out shopping, think about Norman before you buy in bulk and look out for people in need who may need you help. We could do with more Dans in the world.
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