Torie Keene of Lakeland, Florida, embraced the spirit of the holiday season with a small act of kindness. What Keene didn’t realize when she paid for the meal of the car behind her in a McDonald’s drive-thru was that her ‘paying it forward’ would continue for hours afterward.
The cashier, Marisabel Figueroa, told ABC news that the pass-it-on chain lasted almost the entire length of her shift, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the end of it all, a total of 250 paid it forward. Figueroa says, “I feel very blessed to have been a part of all that.”
Keene reached out to Figueroa on Facebook after seeing the story on the news, and told Figueroa she was, “only trying to brighten someone’s day,” and did not foresee the chain reaction caused by her actions.
According to Eater, this pay-it-forward chain is not the first of its kind, citing a 215-customer chain at a Georgia-based Chick-fil-A in July of this year and a 1,468-customer chain at a Connecticut Starbucks in 2013.