Uplifting photo of older man teaching young man how to tie a necktie goes viral

ATLANTA — A photo of an older man helping a young man with his necktie went viral on social media after someone posted the image on Facebook. The image, which was captured at the Lindbergh Center MARTA station in Atlanta, has been liked nearly 1 million times and shared nearly 200,000 times since Redd Desmond Thomas shared it on Facebook Saturday.

“The young guy sitting down was struggling with his tie,” he wrote. “The woman in the red coat noticed, and asked ‘Do you know how to tie it properly?’ The young guy said ‘No ma’am.’ She taps her husband and says ‘Come to this side [her right side; he was standing on her left side] and teach this young man how to tie his tie.”

That’s when Thomas said the older gentleman moved in without hesitation and provided a a step-by-step tutorial.

“Afterward – the elder gentleman watched the young gentleman repeat the steps and show him that he had it,” Thomas wrote. “I was some distance away (but close enough to hear the exchange), and got even closer to snap this candid photo of the tutorial in progress before hopping on the train. I LOVE THIS!”