Lakeland, FL—When a customer in the drive thru line volunteered to pay for the food of the car behind her, McDonald's cashier Marisabel Figueroa was touched, but didn't expect the action to spark a chain reaction lasting for nearly three hours.
"She said, 'If you don't mind, I want to pay for the next lady's order. But I want you to tell her that I said, 'Have a Merry Christmas,' not 'Happy Holidays," Figueroa said.
Figueroa did as the mystery customer instructed, and was surprised when the next customer in line offered to pay for the order of the car behind them.
"After the 15th car, I started tally marking the number of people that were participating on a piece of paper," Figueroa said.
The chain ended up lasting for nearly 250 cars, something Figueroa had never seen before in her 12 years of employment at the company.
Torie Keene, who started the chain, reached out to Figueroa on Facebook after seeing a local news station cover the event. She explained that she was "only trying to brighten someone's day" and never expected her small act to have such long-lasting impact.
What an amazing reminder that the smallest act of kindness can sometimes make the biggest difference!