SHOPPING with her three-year-old autistic son is a “nightmare” for Tara Wells.
But the mother of two was reduced to tears by the unexpected act of a Rebel Sports employee, who, after spending 10 minutes fitting little Mason Holmes’ new shoes, bought them for him at the counter.
“I just dropped to tears,” Miss Wells said.
Miss Wells told sales assistant, 20-year-old Kiralee Riseborough, that Mason had autism and couldn’t speak when she went to buy him his first proper pair of shoes last week.
Then, when she went to pay for the $60 shoes, Kiralee said, “I want to pay for this for you, you are just so lovely and it must get tough sometimes".
“I still get a bit choked up thinking about it,” Miss Wells said.
“This never, ever happens.I think that’s why it meant so much to me.”
Miss Wells said the selfless act from a complete stranger has made her year.
“For someone to see him for being him and not just think he’s making so much noise (is amazing),” she said.
The humble Miss Riseborough hoped others would follow suit.
“I’ve got a really good life and just felt like doing something nice,” she said.
“He was so well behaved, I wouldn’t have known (he had autism) if she hadn’t said. I hope it inspires other people to do nice things.”
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