The story of a kind man talking to a child who mistook him for Santa Claus at a Tim Hortons cafe has gone viral.
Mark Hurson shared a photo of the man on his Facebook page on Nov. 16, explaining that he witnessed a little boy approach the bearded man at a Tim Hortons in Ontario, Canada, and look at him in awe.
“The older gent looked down and smiled and asked him if he sent his letter into him yet,” Hurson wrote. “The boy said no and he would be doing it tonight.”
After that brief exchange, “Santa” gave the boy some valuable advice.
“He said you better be nice to your mom and sister because I’m watching,” the post continued. “He then said goodbye and was going back to the North Pole to finish the toys with the elves.”
“Everyone in the restaurant was a bit teary eyed! (Including me!)” Hurson wrote. “There are some great people left in the world.”
Hurson’s post has since garnered over 18,000 shares.
“Absolutely love this story, it brought back so many great memories for me of my childhood. I still believe after 47 year’s, that Santa is real,” one reader reportedly wrote to Hurson. “In the midst of all the anger as of late around the world, this is a beautiful reprieve from it.”