One random act of kindness turned into over 900 acts of kindness. At a Dairy Queen drive-thru in Brainerd, Minnesota, one man asked the employee if he could pay for the tab on the car behind him – this subsequently became the catalyst for a trend that continued on for two and a half more days.
CNN spoke to the store manager, Tina Jensen, who explained that it’s not out of the ordinary for people to pick up the tab for the car behind them but doesn’t last for more than 15 to 20 people.
With this abundance of kindness, the trend was able to continue for over two days and 900 cars participated. Jensen said her store sales went up by $10,000.
“There’s all different types of ways to help people,” Jensen told CNN, “I think this touched a lot of people that we didn’t even know it touched, deeper than we know. And you don’t know what’s going on in a person’s life.”
CNN also spoke to someone who was a part of the kindness chain. Heidi Bruse didn’t expect to have her meal paid for when she went out for a dinner run.
“During times like these it kinda restores your faith in humanity a little,” Bruse explained to CNN, “The way the world is now you see a lot of anger, tension, and selfish behavior. What we witnessed was pure kindness and it was a breath of fresh air really.”
She continues to explain that she was more grateful for the fact that she was able to be a part of something rather than getting free ice cream. She told CNN, “Not that we got free ice cream, the gesture was way more valuable.”
Jensen finished off her statement with a piece of advice to help people get through a raging pandemic. “No matter what’s going on, take care of each other, be positive, be happy and don’t focus on the negative, we’ll get through it.”
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