Good Neighbors

Amazing! You Won't Believe A Customer's Act Of Kindness For A Fast Food Worker

He only knew the employee for a few minutes - but that didn't stop him from giving him the gift of a lifetime!

While a lot of us have had the luxury of working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, there are many industries where logging in remotely just isn't possible.

Thankfully, there are people out there who recognize the sacrifice that these essential workers are making, and are doing what they can to reward them for their hard work.

A fast food worker at a Taco Casa restaurant in Tuscaloosa, AL recently got an incredible gift from a faithful customer who wanted to do something nice for him. The employee told the customer that he lost his transportation and had been walking several miles to work every day in the heat.

A fast food employee mentioned to a faithful customer that he recently lost his transportation and had been walking to work. Taco Casa/Facebook

A few weeks later, the customer decided to donate a car to the employee, complete with a brand-new engine. While the donor requested to stay anonymous, the owner of the Taco Casa got to hand over the keys to his longtime employee while a co-worker captured the amazing surprise on video.

Rod Wilkin, the owner of the Taco Casa where the employee works, later shared the video to the restaurant's Facebook page with the caption: "Some days are better than others and today was a great one."

Wilkin and the rest of the staff were blown away by the anonymous customer's act of kindness.

"It's just amazing to think that a customer has met another person for 15 minutes and feels like God has told him that hey I need to buy him a car," Wilkin said. "I need to take care of this man, I need to show him and I need to show the love of Jesus to this individual."

The employee was beyond surprised when his boss handed him the keys to a completely paid off Acura sedan. Taco Casa/Facebook

The employee, who did not want to be identified, had a huge smile on his face when he got to sit in his new car for the first time.

"Now you have no excuse to be late!" the person filming the video said.

"I'm never late," the employee replied with a grin. Another co-worker chimed in, "He's never late."

The owner of Taco Casa said that the gift couldn't have gone to a more deserving person. Taco Casa/Facebook

Thousands of people shared the video on social media and applauded both the generosity of the donor and the humble nature of the employee.

"Awwww, I love it! Brings tears (of joy) to my eyes to see great deeds of humanity especially in this time of fear, hatred, and uncertainty in our country. More positivity, unity & love is very much needed now more than ever," one person wrote.

"I saw him walking across the Holt bridge every single morning on my way to work, I knew he had to work somewhere in the area and I'd been telling my husband about seeing him and wishing so much that I could do something for him," another person commented.

The employee, who wanted to remain unidentified, said he's thrilled and incredibly thankful for his new car. Taco Casa/Facebook

We're sure that the employee will appreciate the donor's gift for many years to come. Who knows, it might even inspire him to pay it forward in the future!

How can you start something good?

Inspired by the mystery donor's incredible act of kindness?

You might not be able to buy someone a new car, but you can thank the essential workers in your community in other, smaller ways.

Write a thank you note, leave tips (when appropriate), and be sure to pass on any positive feedback to their managers or supervisors.

Above all, be kind and patient with those you come across while grocery shopping or picking up food. A smile and a kind word might just make somebody's day!

Let's #StartSomethingGood together!

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