A gadget store is earning praise online after letting an old woman use a demo MacBook and their free WiFi so she could connect with her family. And now that her story has gone viral, she will soon have her own MacBook plus prepaid WiFi device and a cellphone from kind netizens!
The chain reaction of kindness began at Power Mac Store, a gadget store selling Apple products in Greenbelt in Makati City. Apparently, this woman has been frequenting the gadget store because the kind staff had always let her use the demo MacBook to connect with her family.
In a post on Facebook, netizen Walter So expressed amazement after noticing that the staff not only let the old woman use the demo MacBook and their free WiFi but even provided her with a chair so she can be comfortable. Moreover, he noticed that the old woman is quite adept at using the gadget; thus, he assumed that the staff had certainly taught her well.
Walter shared on Facebook:
“I couldn’t resist not taking a photo…
The store personnel call her “nanay” (mother). She can’t afford a gadget to be able to connect with her family and so she frequents the store, so that she can use the demo MacBook and free internet and chat with her family and check Facebook. I’m not sure why her kids would not buy her any gadget, but knowing the motherly value of selflessness, I’m sure she is telling her kids she has all that she needs.
I salute the store employees for being charitable. I hope the returns they get is ten fold. This is now my favorite store.”
He expressed admiration at these kind staff who did not hesitate to help this old woman in need.
While the demo items being displayed at gadget stores are mostly aimed at letting potential buyers check out and experience firsthand an item that they might buy, it is clear that this old lady can’t afford to buy this one. The staff knew that, yet they actually assisted her so she can connect with her family even if she can’t be a paying customer.
“COVID has brought challenges for everyone, families have not seen each other for the longest time, it’s good that technology enables us to at least virtually keep in touch, at least for those who can afford. But for those that can’t, there are people like these employees who give a helping hand. Good job!” Walter added.
“Oh… by the way, nanay is amazing at using MacBook. The employees have taught her well.”
The post has touched so many people’s hearts that soon donations poured in so the old woman can have her own gadgets at home.
“In coordination with Powermac greenbelt and anonymous donor, MacBook (pink) has been received by nanay! You sharing this photo to the world helped someone today. Thank you to all the moms in the world for making the impossible possible!” Walter shared in an update.
There were also people who offered to give the old lady a prepaid WiFi gadget so she can truly connect with her family in the comforts of her home. Wow.