An Ohio mother’s encounter with a McDonald’s worker has gone viral after the latter paid for her family’s meal without hesitation.
On Sept. 22, Brittany Reed took to the “Let’s talk Waynesville, Ohio” Facebook page to share the experience she had at the fast food chain.
The mother had apparently left football practice with her three children when her 4-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter started crying. According to Reed, her daughter was unhappy over the fact that Reed had planned on serving red potatoes for dinner. The mother said she decided then that she would grab food at McDonald’s instead.
The only problem? Reed left her purse at home.
“Welp now I wanted to cry,” Reed wrote in her post, which has since been shared over 560,000 times. “I look at the young man [the cashier] with tears in my eyes just from being stressed and annoyed and say ‘hun I am so sorry but I have to cancel that order I left my purse at home when we went to football tonight.’ WITHOUT HESITATION he takes out his wallet and swipes his card before I could even say ‘no I will be right back!'”
When Reed told the cashier, whom she identified as Wyatt Jones, that she would come back to the fast food chain to pay for the meal, Jones reportedly told her not to worry about it.
“I just want his parents to know how KIND & COMPASSIONATE your son was tonight!” Reed continued on Facebook. “He made this stressed out momma pause for a moment and realize this is exactly what we parents are trying to do, raise great humans. Well Wyatt sir, you are an amazing human!!!”
In an interview with In The Know, Reed elaborated on how appreciative she was of Jones’ kind gesture.
“With the emotions of the moment, I just about cried, to be honest, but Wyatt was so incredibly kind,” she said. “He didn’t skip a beat at all. He pulled his wallet out like [it was] no big deal.”
Reed wrote on Facebook that she eventually convinced Jones to let her pay him back — but not without a little bit of persistence. After learning that the cashier was saving up to buy a car, she decided to go the extra mile by creating a GoFundMe for him. As of Oct. 7, she has raised nearly $35,000 from more than 2,000 donors.
“I was able to connect with his mom and made sure they were okay that we were going to start a GoFundMe,” she told In The Know. “She said she was okay with it and did let Wyatt know, and he was so shocked.”
Reed added that she planned on giving Jones the money during a McDonald’s ceremony that would honor him for his kind gesture. She said she has been overwhelmed by the amount of support she and the cashier have received.
“I honestly didn’t expect this to travel like it has at all!” she said. “I honestly posted in our local [community’s] ‘Let’s Talk’ page because I was hoping it got to his parents so that they could hear how awesome their kiddo was because, at the end of the day, that’s all we truly want as parents: to raise good humans.”
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