In Waynesville, Ohio, a young mother of three was in tears when she pulled up to the drive-thru window at McDonald’s and realized she had forgotten her purse. But the family didn’t miss out on their meal. Find out how the teen McDonald’s worker pays for the crying mother and her children’s meals without hesitation.
It was kind of a normal busy day for a mother of three, carting her children to their sibling’s football practice and then back home for dinner. While some days include happy faces and well-rested children, on this day Brittney Reed had at least one crying and grumpy 4-year-old in tow. So when she told them what she’d be cooking for dinner and a second child started crying, she decided it was going to be McDonald’s for dinner instead!
“As I was leaving football practice with my three kiddos, my 4-year-old was so tired he started crying and acting a fool,” Brittney Reed said. “Then, my 7-year-old daughter started crying because I told her we were having red potatoes with dinner. She clearly wasn’t a fan, so I threw my hands up and said, ‘FORGET IT! McDonald’s tonight!’
Unfortunately, by the time Reed pulled up to the drive-thru window to pay, all three children were crying. So she went to grab for her purse and that was when she realized that she’d left it at home, not thinking they’d be going out for food that night. Now it wasn’t just her children with tears. The crying mom looked at the teen in the window and apologized!
She said, “Hun, I am so sorry. I have to cancel that order. I left my purse at home when we went to football tonight.”But his response was not what she expected. Without a pause, the teenage McDonald’s worker pays for the crying mother’s bill using a card from his own wallet. Reed explained that before she could even say she’d head home, get her purse, and come back to put in a new order, he had already paid. And it sounds like he was happy to do it.
“No it’s totally fine,” the McDonald’s worker responded, “My pleasure!” According to Reed, he even tried to talk her out of coming back with the money to pay him back. She was so moved that she took out her phone, took a picture, and asked for his name. Wyatt’s kindness toward the Reed family when the McDonald’s worker pays for their meal couldn’t have come at a better time. According to Brittney, the carload full of crying kids was only a small part of the family’s trouble.
Their daughter had lately become ill, and their friends had gathered funds to pay their hotel expenses while they stayed near the hospital while their daughter was in the hospital. “Wyatt halted me dead in my tracks. “Being on the receiving end of generosity has been BLESSED for my family,” Reed added. “Our friends recently held a fundraiser to help cover the costs of our daughter’s future hospital visit. I understand how humbling it is to be the recipient of compassion.
BUT THIS HIT ME DIFFERENTLY. This young man had no idea what our’story’ was about, yet he felt obligated to cover our lunch that day. Simply because he was attempting to be nice, he whipped out his wallet WITHOUT HESITATION.” That’s what inspired them to start a GoFundMe fundraising campaign for Wyatt. When they finally got in touch with his mother, they discovered he was saving for a car, so they got his mother’s permission and posted the story online.
The response was huge, bringing in 2.8K donations from $5 to $1,053, as of today! Brittney and her husband were able to present Wyatt with $50,000! Wyatt has used the money to purchase a car and save up for college. Donators cheered Wyatt on with messages of encouragement. happy tears & the Holy Spirit moved me to donate. There are good people on this earth & I know God says, give, a good measure & it will be measured back to you until you are overflowing.”
The donator went on to pray for Wyatt and his future. Then, she shared the story of Love What Matters. Reed posted the moving story, in part, so that his parents would hear about the story and learn about his kindness and compassion. But it doesn’t seem that the McDonald’s worker, Wyatt Jones, hadn’t paid for the crying mother to receive accolades. He hadn’t even told his parents about what happened by the time they heard about it…