A McDonald’s employee in Kansas was surprised by a caring and generous customer after he learned that she was having difficulty commuting back and forth to work after her car recently died.
When Vicki Anderson first served Chris Ellis, owner of Ergonomic Solutions Inc., in the drive-thru at the South Hutchinson McDonald’s, his mannerisms made Anderson wonder if he was drunk; he used trucker terms like “10-4, good buddy” through the speaker box.
But with some encouragement from her boss to play along with Ellis’ antics, a bond was quickly formed.
Ellis would normally visit Anderson early in the morning after returning from hunting near the fast food restaurant’s location.
He told The Wichita Eagle that Anderson was always smiling and ready to laugh, no matter how early in the morning it was.
“She was so friendly at the drive-up window,” Ellis said. “If you can laugh at 6:30. It’s hard to do sometimes.”
On Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, Ellis pulled through the drive-thru like he normally would, but this time Anderson had an important question for him.
She asked him if he knew anyone who was selling an inexpensive car. She further explained that her car had died in the fall and that the cost of repairs needed exceeded the value of her 1994 Oldsmobile.
“Fate looked me in the eye when she told me that story,” the businessman said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. … I said, ‘I have to do something.’”
Ellis knew that his son, Josh, had recently bought a new truck and was trying to sell his Pontiac so Ellis asked his son how much he was selling it for. Josh told Ellis that he would be willing to lower the price if it was for a good cause.
The two men worked out a deal and Ellis was able to purchase the black sedan and give it some routine maintenance before returning to visit Anderson at work on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Anderson’s manager called her to the front of the store, which made her a little worried. “Am I getting fired?” she asked on video.
Then she saw a familiar face, Ellis’, which made her even more confused.
Along with his son, Ellis escorted Anderson outside and asked her if she remembered the conversation they held just a few days before — the one about her car.
When she confirmed that she did, Ellis showed her the black Pontiac and explained that it now belonged to her.
Anderson thought he was kidding until he handed her the keys and the title.
Tears welled up in her eyes as she realized that this was in fact not a joke; her friend had blessed her in such an incredible way. “God bless you,” she told Ellis, according to WJW.
When Anderson asked how she could repay him, he simply said, “Just pay it forward when you can.”
She already has plans to bless others with her new car just like she did when she had a functioning car. She used to give rides to others who didn’t have a car and plans to do the same with this new car.
“I believe that’s what God wants us to do — to help one another,” she told The Wichita Eagle.
Ellis agrees. He said that getting the chance to help out Anderson may be the best day of his life, quickly telling his wife to not take it personally.
He said watching the video still brings the intensity of the day. “It was amazing,” he said. “It’s still amazing. I watched the video today and cried twice.”
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