This picture of an older unidentified man helping a younger man tie his tie in Atlanta's Lindbergh Center train station is rapidly spreading online, with people praising the act of kindness.
The picture was posted to Facebook on Nov. 14 by Atlanta resident Redd Desmond Thomas. In the post he explains the story behind the photo. It reads:
[HUMANS & HUMANITY]
The young guy sitting down was struggling with his tie. The woman in the red coat noticed, and asked 'Do you know how to tie it properly?' The young guy said 'No ma'am.' She taps her husband and says 'Come to this side [her right side; he was standing on her left side] and teach this young man how to tie his tie."
The older gentleman moved without hesitation [almost a reflex response] and gave him a step-by-step tutorial; then - afterward - the elder gentleman watched the young gentleman repeat the steps and show him that he had it.
I was some distance away (but close enough to hear the exchange), and got even closer to snap this candid photo of the tutorial in progress before hopping on the train.
I LOVE THIS!
Thomas wasn't the only one who loved it. Since posting it on Friday, the photo has spread the world over.
The post has been shared over 160,000 times, and had more than 560,000 likes as of Monday. Comments have been almost exclusively uplifting and positive.
Cheers to a candid act of kindness.
BuzzFeed has reached out to Thomas for comment.