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This guy went above and beyond to help a struggling chip shop owner

It’s amazing what one Facebook post can do.

LAST SATURDAY, Colin Ross from Alberta, Canada visited local chipper Whitbie’s for the first time.

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While he was there, he told Buzzfeed, no one came in except an “old guy sitting in a chair” who turned out to be the owner, John McMillan.

Ross thought his meal was ‘amazing’, and wondered why more people weren’t visiting the restaurant – he asked McMillan how business was going:

He said he can’t even pay himself at the end of the day… that really bothered me.

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Ross decided to make a “nice social media post” about McMillan and Whitbie’s, praising his meal and asking people to try it out:

Anyone who knows me, I have a big heart and I want people to do well, especially a 70-year-old man who has put in his time. I ask everyone in Lethbridge to share this and go support this hard-working gentleman, he deserves it.

The post unexpectedly blew up, getting shared over 8,000 times – and people flocked to Whitbie’s in droves.

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Around 900 people visited the restaurant over two days, the busiest McMillan has been in years. He told Global News he was happy to share his dream of opening a fish and chip shop with them:

[Ross] did it out of the goodness of his heart and Lethbridge came and did it out of the goodness of their hearts.

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