“I have a big heart and want people to do well.”
This is 31-year-old Colin Ross. Like so many others in Alberta, he was laid off from his job in the oil industry. But thanks to him, the fortunes of another down-on-their-luck Lethbridge resident have turned around.
Last Saturday he visited Whitbie’s Fish & Chips for the first time. “I just came in and walked in the door and saw this old guy just sitting there in a chair,” Ross told BuzzFeed Canada. “There wasn’t another soul in the place.”
That guy was 69-year-old John McMillan, a Scottish immigrant and owner of the restaurant.
Ross ate some “spectacular” halibut and noticed the place was clean and well taken care of.
“I was just blown away,” he said. So he asked where everyone was and McMillan said he’d been struggling to get people in the door.
“He said he hasn’t been able to pay himself, and the last few months have been the worst he’s ever been though,” said Ross.
Ross, who has a background in marketing, offered to help McMillan out but he turned Ross down. “He just kind of sloughed me off and I hemmed and hawed about it and I thought, ‘I’ll make a nice social media post for him.'”
He posted a photo of the shop with a plea for people to pay McMillan a visit.
“Anyone who knows me, I have a big heart and want people to do well,” wrote Ross, “especially a 70-year-old man who has put in his time.”
“The owner was a gem, real classy stand-up guy, so I ask everyone in Lethbridge to share this and go support this hard working gentleman,” he wrote.