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Teacher takes photo of man inside restaurant after she hears a shocker, tells him: “I hope you know, you’re going viral”

A heartwarming incident unfolded at a McDonald’s in Noblesville, Indiana when Amanda Craft and her fellow special education teachers witnessed a remarkable encounter. Amanda noticed a conversation between an elderly woman and a young man named Eric Haralson at a nearby table, despite their stark differences in age and background. Intrigued by the interaction, Amanda felt compelled to capture the moment and snapped a photo of the pair.

Before leaving the restaurant, Amanda approached Eric and predicted that their encounter would become viral. Later that evening, Amanda shared the photo on social media, recounting the heartwarming story. According to her post, the elderly woman, identified as “Jan,” seemed lonely and had approached Eric to ask if she could join him. Without hesitation, Eric graciously welcomed her, introducing himself and engaging in a conversation that quickly blossomed into laughter and friendship.

The story resonated with countless people online, who celebrated Eric’s kindness and compassion. As the photo and story spread rapidly across the internet, Eric and Jan captured the hearts of many. In an interview with Inside Edition, Eric revealed that Jan had simply desired some company during her meal because no one enjoys eating alone. Moved by her request, Eric made space for her at his table, and an unexpected friendship blossomed.

The heartwarming connection between Eric and Jan didn’t end there. They exchanged phone numbers and planned to meet again for more lighthearted conversations. Their unlikely friendship serves as a reminder of the profound impact a simple act of kindness can have on someone’s life.

Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard
Moriah Ballard joined the KPRC 2 digital team in the fall of 2021. Prior to becoming a digital content producer in Southeast Texas and a Houstonian, Moriah was an award-winning radio host in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio and previously worked as a producer/content creator in Cleveland. Her faith, family, and community are her top passions.


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