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Teen seeks clip-on tie at Target, what he received instead could change his life

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — A tender moment between a group of Target employees and a shopper caught on camera is getting shared thousands of times on Facebook.

The story behind the grainy photo starts with a clip-on tie and ends with a powerful life lesson for a teen inside a North Carolina Target.

Target employee Cathy Scott told WTVD-TV it was a day like any other as she walked the aisles of the northeast Raleigh store and then she saw a teen customer.

“I asked him if he needed help and he told me he needed clip on ties,” said Scott. “We didn’t have any.”

So Scott says she went to find co-worker Dennis Roberts and ask him if he could tie a real tie.

“I said, yes,” said Roberts.

So Scott says the customer bought the real tie and turned to Roberts for help.

“We took the wrapping off it and I tied it on my neck and fit it over my head then put it over his head, adjusted it and tightened it,” said Roberts.

But the Target team did more than just fix the teen’s tie, they prepped him for the interview.

“We said, make sure you look him in the eye,” said Roberts. “I’m saying make sure you give him a firm handshake, and she showed him how he tucked his shirt in and he tied his shoes.”

He was saying yes mam and he was just soaking it all in,” said Scott.

Shopper Audrey Mark saw all this going on and snapped a picture she later posted on Facebook.

“I hear you peppering him with this warm, comfortable, calming advice about interview skills and handshakes,” said Mark. “I thought he must be a neighbor or a very close friend because you just were so sweet with him.”

But they weren’t friends, these were complete strangers helping another complete stranger.

“He leaves and all these Target employees are screaming bye! good luck! tell us how it went,” said Mark.

As everyone cheered Roberts says he was so proud.

“We were just here to help a young man get a job and forward his future,” said Roberts/

Cathy Scott even cried.

“It touched your heart,” said Scott. “It still does.

No word on whether the teen was hired or not.

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  • IP: 174.34.753

    This is just another Target ad campaign designed to look like social-media. May they die a slow painful death for subjecting us to more of this crap. What was there last one, some boy-band look-a-like cashier we all were suppose to find out who he was? And to the media: are they paying you to promote this garbage too?

  • Angelina

    Paid or not…….. if this helps another do good, then worth every penny. A penny Target paid not me. A penny to encourage great behavior. Who cares, these didn’t make me start shopping there. To rich for my blood, but did wam my heart and remind me the world might still be good.

  • Kenneth Briggs

    some good store employee that helped some one that came into the store and a few other worker all helped out . lets hope he got a job and comes back to let you know or better yet see about getting a start at that store , help the kid out even if it is a part time job .