Viral photo of strangers eating together at McDonald’s warms hearts across internet


A picture of two strangers sharing a meal together is going viral and warming hearts on social media.

Amanda Marquell Craft wrote on Facebook that she was eating at a Nobelsville, Indiana, McDonald’s last week when she saw a woman, “who looked kind of lonely,” go up to a man who was eating and ask if she could join him.

“Without hesitation, this guy said ‘of course,'” Craft wrote. “My friends and I watched him introduce himself and shake her hand. They talked and laughed together like they were friends. They didn’t know each other, and they couldn’t be more different. But today they shared a meal together and it touched our hearts.”

The post has gone viral and has been shared nearly 2,000 times.

“It struck a chord with everybody because you don’t see that,” Craft told ABC News. “I think that’s what people are hungry to see is the kindness of others.”

The man in the picture, identified as Eric Haralson, 28, told “Good Morning America” that the woman, “Jan,” asked to sit with him after she tried talking to a group of teenagers.

“One of the kids had a man bun and she was very intrigued by it and asked what made him come up with that hairstyle,” Haralson recalled. “They didn’t take to her that much…she said, ‘What? did I scare them off? I said, ‘I guess you did.'”

Haralson said they spoke for 45 minutes and exchanged phone numbers.

“She goes to church every Sunday, we talked a lot about that,” Haralson said. “We talked about my girlfriend, my kids; she did not have any kids or a significant other that she made mention of.”

He said he left her a voicemail to let her know their impromptu lunch had gone viral for all the right reasons.


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