January 26, 2016 12:47 pm

Cashier recognizes homeless customer as father she hasn’t seen for 20 years

WATCH ABOVE: Idaho cashier discovers homeless customer is her father, who she hasn't seen in 20 years. Caitlin Rearden reports.


An Idaho woman who hadn’t seen her father since she was a toddler got the surprise of a lifetime when she saw a homeless customer’s name on their food stamp card.

Post Falls native Shoshannah Hensley, 23, was working as a cashier at an Exxon location Sunday when a scruffy-looking homeless man entered. Hensley had seen the man around before, reports NBC.

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“As far as I knew he was just another gentleman on the streets coming in to the store,” Hensley told KHQ’s Caitlin Rearden.

Her opinion quickly changed when the man presented his food stamp card.

“He asked me what his balance was and I saw the name and my heart dropped,” Hensley said while failing to hold back tears.

“I said what’s your middle name and he said ‘Eugene’ and I said you’re my biological father! I’ve been searching for you for over twenty years.”

“We both started shaking,” Brian Eugene Hensley Sr. explained. “When you miss a child, you feel empty for years.”

Hensley says she spent years searching for her father but her efforts never bore fruit.

As for her Dad, he says he isn’t going away now that the pair have found each other.

“I’m going to be there in every way. Whatever it takes,” Hensley Sr. added.

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