When a woman in Fayette County, Georgia, posted a negative Facebook post shaming a man for sleeping in a McDonald’s, community members who saw the post decided to turn her nasty action into a good deed.
Simon Childs is a 21-year-old homeless father of a 1-year-old boy. When the photo was taken, Childs was actually resting between his shifts at the fast-food chain.
“Just another reason for me to leave Fayetteville,” the woman wrote in the post. “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.'”
The post quickly went viral, and instead of joining the woman in mocking Childs, people in the community saw the post as an opportunity to help the father, who recently lost a parent.
Local news station WSB-TV spoke with Childs on June 24.
"I've been going through a hard time with my mom passing," he told a reporter.
Childs said he has been determined to work and get back on his feet.
"Everything I do, I want to work for it," he added.
When Childs heard about the photo posted on Facebook, he could not help but feel hurt.
"It kind of hurt to see my picture up there, you know? I thought it was something negative and nobody would care about it,” he told WSB.
After speaking with the news station, Childs may have thought his story was going to end, but he was shocked when he returned to work to find piles of donated diapers for his son, baby supplies and clothes.
"They changed my life in a couple of days," he said.
Chefs Xavier and Theo Thomas own the Fusion Chefs Eatery right down the street.
After seeing Childs’ story, they wanted to help by lending him a car to use for job interviews. Childs has also received donations for hotel rooms.
"It definitely will help him get around and give him a better opportunity," Thomas said.
Now, Childs holds no ill will toward the woman behind the original Facebook post.
"I'm not homeless, not now, thanks to her," he said.
Since the story first aired, Childs also received a free haircut to help him on job interviews.
"I didn't think the community would even care enough to do that, but they care," he said.
Childs said he has since received several job offers through all this and is excited to possibly get a permanent place for him and his son.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Childs. Click here to donate.
The woman who made the Facebook post also spoke off camera with WSB and said she never meant to hurt or shame anyone.