Goldman glanced down and noticed that the teen’s badly worn shoes were held together with duct tape. “I looked at him and said, ‘What’s up with duct tape?’” Goldman told Al.com. “‘Is that something all the kids are doing? A fashion statement?’”
Instead, the teen said that his shoes had broken apart on the job, and he wound them in duct tape so he could keep wearing them until payday, when he had enough money to get new ones.
That explanation hit Goldman, a father of three, hard. “I didn’t know if he had to walk home in the rain or what,” he told AL.com. As they parted ways, Goldman asked the teen his shoe size.
Later, he stopped by a shoe outlet and picked up a new pair, then headed back to the supermarket, where he gave the surprised teen the shoes.