Mary says she helped the girl because she was in a similar emotional place in her life before coming out.
An Indiana comic book shopkeeper helped a distraught teenager forge through a difficult time in her life by using comics as a tool.
Mary Swangin who goes by @sapphicgeek recounted the story on Twitter, calling the experience her "greatest moment” since working at the store.
The clerk begins by saying that she noticed a terrified -looking teenage girl come into the busy store one Saturday; she seemed lost.
The dutiful employee approached the young lady and asked if she could assist her.
The shopper admitted that she was looking for the Supergirl comic and as the two walked over to the appropriate section, Mary asked if she watches the TV show.
Mary recalls, “She smiles a bit and nods. Says Alex is her favorite."
Alex Danvers is one of Supergirl's closest friends in the show, who was battling with her own sexuality.
The clerk then notices her young client is crying. Concerned that she may have offended her, Mary wonders what’s wrong before she realizes, “I’m staring down a baby gay. One who was having big issues.”
Through her Twitter feed, Mary continues to tell of her experience with the young girl, saying it hit a special place in her heart because many years ago, she too was feeling the same anxiety about coming out.
“I tell her that it was hard for me when I wanted to come out too. She finally stops crying and asks me if it gets easier.”
After taking some time reassuring the distressed teenager and focusing on Alex’s lesbian story arc in Supergirl, the teenager admits she came into the store looking for the comic to read in between the TV hiatus.
Mary knew that there were more comics that could help her get through this difficult coming out period.
“I pull out my starters which are Batwoman: Elegy, Midnighter, and Gotham Central.”
But the girl only had enough money to buy a single issue and asked if the clerk could hold on to the rest for later.
Compassionate, the salesperson paid for the rest out of her own pocket, but says she got so much more out of the transaction.
“So, I'm out 60 bucks and I cried in the bathroom for an hour but it was damn worth it,” she writes.
Social media has embraced this story and have flooded Mary's Twitter feed with words of gratitude and appreciation.
"will literally PayPal you the sixty bucks right now" - BEWARE: Ed Zitron: @edzitron
Many have offered to pay Mary back for her good deed, but instead she prefers that people take that money and donate it to Equality Florida to help survivors and their families of the Pulse Nightclub tragedy.