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Community rallies around man who retires after 42 years and achieves the unexpected

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The saying “hard work pays off” seems to be somewhat true for retiree John, who recently received more than $36,000 after retirement, but that money didn’t come from his employer.

On September 30, Sonia, 32, a warehouse worker, posted a TikTok video showing her colleague’s last day of work. John, also a warehouse worker, can be seen packing a box and on-screen text explains that he worked for the unknown company for 42 years, but they gave him a bad farewell .

Two screenshots showing John, a man in his 70s, finishing his last day as a warehouse worker.
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The video shared by @m3nta11y1ll1 has been viewed 4.9 million times, claiming he didn’t receive a bonus, “just a barbecue and a certificate.” The lack of recognition devastated the internet and Sonia, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, was inspired to create a GoFundMe page.

In just six days, kind strangers stepped up and raised $36,504 for the 70-year-old who Sonia describes as “a man of many talents.”

She said News week: “I didn’t really have any intention for the video other than to remember my colleague who was working hard for his retirement. It was his reality and I found it incredible how he devoted so much time and effort to the work he loved so much.

“He’s also a worker, just like me, but he was probably the strongest worker. He knows how to drive the forklifts and pick up orders. He would walk around and create things out of boxes to make our work areas more accessible.”

Sonia has since uploaded another video which shows John discovering the money. He seems surprised by the generosity of strangers around the world.

In the clip, Sonia says people from as far away as the UK and Australia have supported the pensioner.

Sonya said News week: “John is simply the oldest worker among them. My mother and aunt are second and third. They received a $5 raise after working for the company for over 20 years.”

The original viral clip has racked up over half a million likes and 10,400 comments.

One user said: “NEVER prioritize your work, just fulfill your responsibilities and continue to treat it like a job (just a way to make money).”

“It’s important for older people to have a sense of purpose. Try to encourage them to find a hobby they enjoy or join a social group,” one woman advised.

“You can see he is a wonderful soul, I hate the fact that capitalism doesn’t appreciate the people who maintain it,” another person said.

Another sobbed: “Knowing there are so many people like that makes me so sad I wish I could give them everyone.”

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