What started as a single act of kindness led to a chain of good cheer involving over 900 vehicles. A Minnesota-based Dairy Queen restaurant was the scene of the pay-it-forward chain, which lasted for almost three days.
On 3rd December, Tina Jensen, who is the store manager was excited when a man revealed his intention to pay for the car behind him, so she gave the heart-warming news to the people in that car, and then asked if they wanted to do the same.
In an an interview with KARE-TV, Jensen recalled
If you like I can pay it forward and you can pay for the order behind you and we can keep this going. She’s like ‘really, why would he do that?Jensen
She ensured that Thursday would be a ‘lucky day’ for the car behind her—and after that, the next car kept paying for whoever came next.
Jensen revealed that:
One lady, she was so excited, she threw us a 20 dollar bill almost in tears. ‘Are you serious. This is really going on?’ I said, yep, you are about 125 cars into it. She said, ‘For real, can you believe this?Jensen
The longest chain this drive-through ever experienced was 15 to 20 cars, but in 2020 with the holiday spirit in the air, everyone wanted to keep it going.
Tina posted about it on Facebook, and people started driving to the restaurant just so they could participate—all day Friday, and most of Saturday, they kept coming, and paying the tab for the person next in line.
This record finally ended up at more than 900 vehicles, with a sales of $10,000 from selfless customers who decided to skip the opportunity of taking a free meal for themselves.