LETHBRIDGE, AB, CANADA — Colin Ross, a recently laid off oil worker, was just heading home when he saw a little hole in the wall fish and chips shop. He was feeling a little hungover and decided they sounded like the perfect thing to make him feel better.
Ross started talking to the owner, an elderly man working by himself, and found out that business had been struggling lately. The owner of Whitbie’s Fish & Chips, John McMillan, moved to Canada from Scotland according to Global News. It was his dream to open an authentic fish and chips restaurant, but business was struggling because of his location and visibility. Ross, who is looking for work himself, understood and decided he had to help in some way, so he made a Facebook post detailing his experience.
The post went viral, as people fell in love with McMillan’s story. Ross told Global News that he has “seen posts all the way up from Alaska down to California.” Headlines have also reached other countries as the post continues to gain more traction.
Photos posted days after Ross’ original post showed lines out the door of the shop. Now McMillan, who originally could not even afford to pay himself a salary, has a whole community backing his dream.