When a woman pulled up to the drive-thru window at an Illinois ice cream shop, 16-year-old Brenden McGee knew something was wrong.
“She was pretty upset; she was crying,” McGee tells KWQC News.
The teen, who had only been working at Whitey’s Ice Cream for three months, said he could finally understand after she pulled up that she wanted a shake. When it came for her to pay, he said, “your shake is on me tonight, you have a good night.”
The woman reportedly drove away without saying a word, shake in hand, donning a smile.
Little did Brenden know, his good deed helped cheer up a grieving widow. She came back a week later to Whitey’s, explaining her story to the store’s manager:
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“She told me that she had just lost her husband a few weeks ago, and it was really tough,” store manager, Rhonda VanDyke, tells KWPC. “I understood where she was coming from because I’ve had the same experience and so I felt really bad for her, but it was really cool that Brenden could cheer her up.”
According to KWQC, the woman wanted to know if McGee would give the kindhearted employee some sort of recognition for his good deed.
The ice cream shop doesn’t have an “employee of the month” policy, but they did let their staff know about McGee’s experience with the woman.
This small sign was later hung in the back room, praising the 16-year-old for upholding Whitey’s standards of giving back:Image Credit: Screenshot/KWQC News
Apparently, this isn’t the first good deed at Whitey’s. KWQC News reported a similar story of a regular customer who comes in every day.
Now and then, Whitey’s will cover his bill and even gave the gentleman a Whitey’s gift card on his birthday.
“It definitely is better to be kind and polite, I mean, we automatically have to be polite to people, but it’s always nice to go that extra mile,” McGee said, with a noticeable grin.