Stranger uses $1,000 to pay it forward at Chick-Fil-A Drive-thru

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(CNN/KTAB)– Employees at a Chick-fil-A in Texas say they are used to seeing customers pay it forward, but they never expected to see such a large act of generosity as they did on Monday night.

At around 7 p.m. on Monday, a man who identified himself simply as John, ordered his food and handed the cashier $1,000.

“Here is ten $100 bills and I would like to pay everybody else in the line,” Brian LaCrois, the franchise owner said. “For the next hour, he bought everyone’s meal.”

The good deed would help serve 88 customer’s orders. Team leader Duste Wolf says she was stunned when the employee approached her asking what to do.

“I asked him, did you win the lottery today?!” Wolf recalled. “He said Mondays are tough and wanted everyone to have a good day.”

His actions would have many customers behind puzzled, and shocked. LaCroix said even a lady started crying after hearing about the story.

“She just had an awful day,” LaCroix said. “We told her the story and she just started crying.”

The anonymous gesture was buzzed around the restaurant the next day. The good deed continues to overwhelm some customers and the employees who were fortunate enough to witness him pay it forward.

“It reminds you how improtant it is to think of others,” Barry Taylor, a customer said. “Putting a joy in other people’s lives unexpectedly is a real blessing.”

Management says they ended up giving the gentleman a free meal after giving the large sum of money. He ended up ordering an 8-piece chicken nugget with a Dr. Pepper to drink.

On Tuesday, Chick-fil-A’s marketing team posted on their Facebook page a post asking customers who received the benefit to message them about their experience.

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