This post shaming a homeless McDonald's employee went viral, but the post may have changed his life

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

A McDonald's worker went viral online after a woman posted a picture of him sleeping at the restaurant. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) -- A McDonald's worker went viral online after a woman posted a picture of him sleeping at the restaurant.

What happened next surprised the man and has him thankful for the photograph.

If you walked in Simon Childs' bright pink shoes, you would know loss.

"I've been going through a hard time with my mom passing,” Childs said.

You would know the love of a newborn son.

"Every decision I make is for him,” Childs said.

And you would know sacrifice.

"Everything I do, I want to work for it,” Childs said.

All things you wouldn't know from a single picture of the 21-year-old.

"It kind of hurt to see my picture up there you know,” Child said.

A McDonald's customer took a picture of Childs asleep in between shifts at the Fayetteville restaurant Friday morning and posted it on Facebook.

She wrote it was another reason for her to quote "leave Fayetteville."

"I thought it was something negative and nobody would care about it,” Childs said.

But he was positively shocked when he came back to work and saw piles of donated diapers for son, supplies, and clothes.

"They changed my life in a couple of days,” Childs said.

"It just touched our heart,” Chef Xavier Thomas said.

Chefs Xavier and Theo Thomas own The Fusion Chefs Eatery. Their new restaurant affords them an opportunity to reach out to Childs to let him borrow a car for job interviews.

"Definitely make him get around to give him a better opportunity,” Chef Theo said.

Childs says he holds no ill will toward the woman behind the Facebook post.

"I'm not homeless, not now, thanks to her,” Childs said.

He looks forward to getting back on his feet -- in new bright orange shoes -- donated to him in exactly the right size.

"I didn't think the community would even care enough to do that, but they care,” Childs said.

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