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Minnesota store worker worked in her socks after she ‘automatically’ took off her retro Air Jordans and gave them to a man who wore foot boxes

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Your Leia ThomasCBS Minnesota

  • A Minnesota store worker gave a man his shoes after noticing he had none.

  • The woman’s manager told a local news station that he wanted to have “a dozen” of her on his staff.

  • The woman, who goes by the name ‘Ace’, said she “automatically” took her shoes off when she saw the needy man.

A Minnesota store worker gave a man her retro Jordans after she noticed he was wearing boxes on his feet, CBS affiliate WCCO reported Friday.

Ta Leia Thomas, who goes by the name “Ace”, works at a liquor store in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Brooklyn Center Liquor manager Tom Agnes told WCCO he saw Ace working in his socks when he returned from his lunch break on Tuesday.

Security camera footage showed a man digging through a trash can outside the store looking for boxes he could affix to his feet instead of shoes, according to WCCO. Thomas saw the man and stopped him, giving him his own shows, his favorite pair of retro Air Jordans.

Thomas told WCCO that she “automatically took my shoes off” when she saw the man. “He said nobody would ever give me shoes like that and I said, ‘Well, I’m not everyone,'” Thomas told WCCO.

Thomas said he was “always taught to help others” because “you never know what their problem is or what they are going through”.

Agnes bought Thomas a new pair of shoes to end the work day and shared Thomas’ act of kindness in a Facebook post that has since received nearly a thousand comments.

“It wasn’t just a plain old pair of shoes. Ace, being a Minnesota Vikings fan, wore her favorite pair of purple Nike Air Jordans which she gave to the man without hesitation,” Agnes wrote in the message. “It’s a true example of empathy, compassion and holiday cheer.”

Agnes told WCCO that he raised $450 to buy Thomas a new pair of replacement shoes, but later found out that Thomas was caring for his mother, who needed a new bed. Agnes said he gave the money to Thomas instead so she could use it to buy a bed.

“I wish I could have a dozen aces on staff,” Agnes told WCCO.

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