Not all fast food stories are about low wages and violent fights: A North Carolina woman took to Facebook to thank the employees of a local Chick-fil-A for showing her some unexpected compassion. Carrie Jackson Chisolm writes that she went through the drive-thru of the restaurant with her three-year-old last week. When it came time to pay, she could not find her wallet. Instead of asking Chisolm to drive off with out any food, the staff members decided to comp her meal.
Chisolm notes that the workers didn't know how much she needed a "small act of kindness that night." She explains in her post that she had just left the hospital after many hours because her three-year-old had become ill due to his congenital heart defect. Chisolm tells WLOS, "We just had a lot on our minds and just for someone to show us such kindness [meant a lot]." The manager of the Chick-fil-A who made the decision to comp the meal tells the news station: "We've helped people out before but you never hear that means anything to anybody and it makes me feel good that I was able to make her day better and special."
Restaurants comp customers' meals for a variety of reasons. Last summer, hundreds of same-sex couples were granted the right to marry in Wisconsin. A couple went out to celebrate their union at a local pizza shop and when the bill came, it was already taken care of. The staff paid the bill to congratulate the couple. Watch the local news story below: