After the weekend bombings in New York, a photographer captured a Starbucks employee named Germaine delivering bags full of coffee, pastries and drinks to the police and firefighters at the scene of the Chelsea blast.
A viral video of the small act of decency Sunday afternoon was viewed more than 14 million times online.
On Monday, that employee, identified as store manager Germaine Zolkos, asked: “What does it say about our society that being nice is a big deal?”
“It was the least I could do,” Zolkos said in a story posted on the Starbucks website. “I wish I could have done more.”
Zolkos added, “I didn’t think there would be a huge reaction to just dropping off Starbucks, but the officers were definitely happy to see me and then I later found out someone was recording it. So many people are telling me I did something really special. I like to care for others, so this was just natural for me. Anyone who comes into my store and other Starbucks around New York City gets this same kind of personal attention. It’s who we all are.”
According to the article on Starbucks' site, Zolkos wants to teach his three children, including a son with autism, "to care about others around them."
"If nothing else, I now have a video that helps them realize what can happen when you're a kind person, and they'll have a story to tell about their dad," Zolkos said.