Drive-thrus were originally designed for quick meal services. You drive up to a speaker, place your order, zoom around to a window, pay for your food, and then you’re good to go!
I guess it’s safe to say that the drive-thru was also made for hungry people who are lazy, in a rush, or who don’t have patience standing in long lines inside a restaurant. Whatever the case may be, drive-thrus come in handy, and especially made a difference — for an unexpected reason — for 167 customers at a McDonald’s located in the small Indiana town of Scottsburg.
Not only were the consumers surprised, but the rest of the world was stunned by what happened in that particular drive-thru on Sunday evening, June 18, which just so happened to be Father’s Day. From 8:30 p.m. to midnight, a pay-it-forward chain had become a popular movement, and it all started with one of the restaurant’s regular customers.
“She looked back and saw a father with four little kids, with a couple of Happy Meals and such,” Manager Tammi Hammonn told CNN. “She said she was going to pay for him, and to tell him Happy Father’s Day.”
And, that’s just what cashier worker Hunter Hostetler did for the elderly woman who appeared to be in her ’60s. After he informed the guy that his food had been paid for, it surprisingly started a chain reaction.
The father decided to cover the bill for the two cars waiting behind him, and his generosity inspired many other drive-thru customers to keep the kind act going. Soon, the trend reached 100 vehicles, and Hostetler couldn’t believe the numbers he was witnessing.
“I had people telling me, ‘No, it’s going to stop here, It’s going to stop at 100. You’re not going to make it past,’” he recalled to WDRB-TV.
It’s a good thing the naysayers were proved wrong, because the numbers continued to soar. Customer 161, Abby Smith, made it just in time right before midnight, but she said being part of such a large pay-it-forward chain was a “great feeling.”
“I was just shocked because of the large number,” she expressed to ABC News. “I didn’t even think about it I just said, ‘Go ahead, take what the previous person put down. Go ahead and take that from us too.’”
Most of the customers didn’t really care how big or little the orders were, according to Hostetler. But, there were several scrooges who weren’t in the spirit of giving.
Hostetler wasn’t going to let that break the chain, though. For every customer who wouldn’t participate, he and his coworkers scraped up their own money to keep the charity flowing.
Once midnight struck, Hostetler had to reveal some bad news to their last and final vehicle — customer 167. “The last customer who came through even asked if there was another car and I said, ‘Ma’am I’m sorry you’re our last customer for the night. We’re closing,’” he told ABC News.
With so “much negativity in the world,” it’s awesome to witness people showing compassion for others, even if that means paying for someone’s meal. Putting a little love in your heart certainly makes the world a better place, as singer and songwriter, Jackie DeShannon, would say. And, it can all start with you.