A fast food worker in South Hutchinson got quite a surprise at work Wednesday afternoon when a customer gave her the tip of a lifetime.
“I have a surprise!” McDonald’s customer Chris Ellis said to Vicki Anderson. “Come with me.”
What began as a typical day of work took a turn for McDonald’s employee, Anderson.
“Here’s the key,” Ellis said as he walked Anderson out of the restaurant. “The black car is yours.”
On a typical McDonald’s run, Ellis and his son Josh joke with Anderson thought the drive thru intercom.
But on Wednesday, the fast food worker didn’t give the pair a burger and fries.
Instead, the Ellis’ gave her a set of wheels.
“Oh my god!” Anderson said. “For real?”
“It’s all yours,” Ellis replied. “For real, it’s all yours.”
Anderson’s car recently broke down before Christmas, and ever since then, her co-workers have been driving her to and from work.
“My windows didn’t even work, my air conditioner quit working,” Anderson said. “I had to climb through the passenger side.”
Josh said his dad recently mentioned Anderson was looking for a cheap car, so he thought why not give her his old one.
“I had a great truck fall out of the sky for me,” Josh said. “So I figured, I could do the same for someone else.”
One day later, Anderson said she’s still in awe and already took her car for its first wash.
“Look you can see my reflection,” she said. “It’s a gift from God.”
A gift from a relationship formed over the drive-thru intercom.
“I’ve come through the drive-thru a few times, and she’s always given us a hard time, and she’s just a lot of fun,” Josh said. “She puts a smile on our face, so we put a smile on hers.”
“I’m so thankful,” Anderson said. “Somebody asked me today what I’m going to do for Chris. What can I do for Chris? And I have nothing to do. He said to pay it forward someday. Well, that’s what I’m going to do.”