08/14/2014 04:58 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Store Employee Ties Elderly Man's Shoe Strings (And Tugs At Our Heartstrings) In Viral Pic

One simple act of kindness is catching the attention of thousands of people online.

Keith Kiel of Ormond Beach, Florida, was shopping at a Publix grocery store last week when he spotted an employee there in the midst of a good deed, according to a post on his Facebook page.

The employee, Gage Boucher, was assisting an elderly man who could not bend over to tie his shoe. Boucher quickly helped the man by bending down and tying both shoes for him. Kiel snapped a photo of the act on his iPhone and uploaded it to Facebook. In less than a week, the photo has received thousands of likes and shares.

The man then tried to pay Boucher, who refused to accept it, according to Fox 4 News. Kiel was moved by the scene, and hoped to bring recognition to the employee by posting the photo.

As for Boucher, he says he wants his deed to inspire others to be kind.

"Just like, do it, I guess. Just start being kind," he told Fox 4 News. "If you see someone who needs help, just help them out."

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