One 16-year-old’s small act of kindness earned him praise and the appreciation of someone who is going through a very difficult time.
Brenden McGhee knew something was wrong when a women pulled up to the drive-thru window at Whitney’s Ice Cream in Moline, Ill. recently. “She was pretty upset; she was crying,” McGee told KWQC News.
The woman ordered a shake and when she pulled up to pay, he said, “Your shake is on me tonight, you have a good night.” The woman took her shake and drove away without saying a word or even offering a smile.
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The young man had only been working at the store for three months, but felt he had done the right thing. His act was appreciated by the woman, who came back to Whitney’s a week later to share her story.
“She told me that she had just lost her husband a few weeks ago, and it was really tough,” store manager, Rhonda VanDyke, told KWPC. “I understood where she was coming from because I’ve had the same experience and so I felt really bad for her, but it was really cool that Brenden could cheer her up.”
The woman asked the manager if Brenden could be given some kind of recognition for his act of kindness. The store does not have an “employee of the month” policy, but the manager hung a sign in the employee area and put a note in his employee file, recognizing what he did for a customer.
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“It definitely is better to be kind and polite, I mean, we automatically have to be polite to people, but it’s always nice to go that extra mile,” McGee said.
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