Community helps homeless McDonald’s employee after Facebook shaming

Marco Green
June 27, 2019

However, after it transpired the man was homeless and resting between working two shifts at the fast-food restaurant, the local community made a decision to offer support, rather than ridicule him. After the photo was uploaded to Facebook, however, it was revealed that the man was homeless, and just resting between shifts.

But there is more to the photo.

Childs is also taking care of his baby son.

As the woman's post circulated, some members of the community had learned that Childs was a homeless father and an employee at the McDonald's branch he was caught sleeping in. "We live in Wesley Chapel/Matthews NC, and I don't have a truck, but if someone does and wants to come pick it up for this young man's baby, I'm happy to gift it to him", commented Pam Brake, via Matt Johnson's Facebook page.

A reporter for WSB 2 spoke with the woman who originally posted the photo, who claims that she didn't intend to shame anyone and that she posted the image to a private group.

"It kind of hurt to see my picture up there you know", Child said.

After the Facebook shaming, his story was aired in the media and when he went back to work, he was shocked to see piles of donated diapers for his son, supplies and clothes.

"They changed my life in a few days", he told WSB-TV.

Chefs Xavier and Theo Thomas who own the Fusion Chefs Eatery nearby heard about Childs' story and offered to let him borrow a auto for job interviews.

While others said the woman's plan to criticise Mr Childs had "backfired".

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.

According to WSB-TV, the woman shared a Facebook post that read, "Just another reason for me to leave Fayetteville. I thought it was something negative and nobody would care about it", he told the channel.

"Definitely make him get around to give him a better opportunity", Chef Theo said.

"I didn't think the community would even care enough to do that, but they care", Childs said.

Childs notes he has received job offers because of his viral fame.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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