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Random Act of Kindness Fills Belly, Warms Heart

A drive-thru surprise inspires this local Patch editor.

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I made a calculated decision to go against my will-power and hit the Richfield drive-thru this morning. A sausage mcmuffin was calling out to me. I decided not to fight it.

However, after navigating an onslaught of hungry drivers, I finally reached the window to find I had a surprise waiting for me.

"OK. One thing," the young cashier said matter of factly.

"Oh no," I said to myself. "They've run out of mcmuffins. This is not good."

"Oh. Hey nice t-shirt," he side-tracked. "I love Journey!"

There are two kinds of people in this world, I was once told. People who love Journey. And liars. So, of course, his comment made me smile.

"OK. So two things. One, I like you t-shirt and two, the lady ahead of you paid for you meal and wanted me to give you this."

He handed me a letter written in beautiful handwriting from the "stranger" in the car ahead of me.

"Hi!" the letter began. "You don't know me, but I've just paid for your order. No gimmicks—It's just something I felt like doing."

After hearing about "Drive-Thru Difference" on local radio station KTIS 98.5, the woman thought she'd give a random act of kindness a try in hopes of inspiring another to do the same.

And inspire she did. Astonished, I told the young man at the window: "Well, by that token, I'd like to do the same for the car behind me."

"Alright, now she wants to pay for the car behind her now," the cashier called to the second window crew.

"Anything you'd like me to tell the people behind you?" he asked turning back to me.

"Um. Just tell them to have a nice day and to pass it on," I replied with a growing smile.

He nodded and smiled back.

As I grabbed my food from the second window, I paused for a second to see the look of surprise on the faces of the two young girls behind me—and I was elated. It's amazing how one good deed can go such a long way.

To the woman who graciously paid for my order, thank you. Your best intentions brought out mine.

To the girls behind me who ordered nearly $20 in McDonald's breakfast food, well done and I hope you did in fact pass it on. (Also, after seeing the receipt, I must try the burritos next time. Good call.)

To all of you reading this, kindess is alive and well in Richfield. Take the time to do something small, in order to make a big impact on someone's day.

The full letter is attached to this article as a photo.

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Have you been on the giving or receiving end of something like this? Tell us about it in the comments section below.

Mike McLean August 09, 2012 at 06:29 PM
You certainly cannot beat a "Feel Good" story - Thanks for sharing......
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) August 09, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I agree, Mike. It was a great way to start off the day.
Kirsten August 10, 2012 at 01:03 AM
It's nice to read a heart-warming story like that! :)
Karen H August 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Someone did that for me years and years ago, and I've done it myself. It's a good feeling. Sometimes it takes very little to make the day a whole lot better for another person.
Kent August 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Roxanne, I can only believe you do not understand how the drive through difference works and are maybe having a difficult day. The order takers do not tell the next customer that their meal is free untill they get up to the pay window. The order must have been completed in order for Caitlin to have paid for it. As for how much food the "young" girls ordered we have no way of knowing how many people they are buying for. Jumping to the conclusion they are eating it all may be a great disservice to the them. Many people pick up food to take to friends or co-workers who may be running behind. I would prefer to think they in fact were inspired and told their story to friends/family expanding the difference and spreading the joy past that McDonalds. The drive through difference may have made a greater impcat then the first car could even know. I tip my hat to anyone who does something totally unexpected for a stranger. I hope more readers "make a difference"
Caitlin Burgess (Editor) August 13, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Yes. Their order had already been completed when I paid for it.
Kent August 13, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Roxanne, I agree totally. We only need to look at elections and the promise of everything for free to see how many have become takers. It is people who do random acts such as these that warm my heart. Blessing someone who doesn't expect it is a WONDERFUL thing.

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