‘His act of kindness was beautiful’: Chick-fil-A manager helps a World War II veteran, 96, change his flat tire after the elderly customer came to the counter ‘shaking and almost in tears’
- A 96-year-old World War II veteran arrived at a Maryland Chick-fil-A in distress after his car sustained a flat tire
- A manager at the franchise suspended his duties behind the till to tend to the man’s vehicle
- An image of the Chick-fil-A manager helping the elderly vet has now gone viral, with social media users heartened by the act of kindness
A manager of a Maryland Chick-fil-A has proved he’s willing to go above and beyond for his customers, even helping one elderly patron in the most unlikely of ways.
Daryl Howard, 29, was working at the franchise in Severn on Thursday when a regular customer by the name of Mr. Lee walked in and asked for assistance after his car sustained a flat tire.
Lee, a 96-year-old World War II veteran, visits regularly for a chicken biscuit and a coffee – but on this occasion he was in much more distress after barely making it to the restaurant.
‘He was shaking, almost in tears,’ another manager by the name of Rudy Somoza told CNN.
Howard was only too happy to help his elderly client change the tire, telling Somoza to tend to the tills while he went outside to the parking lot.
An image of Chick-fil-A manager Daryl Howard helping an elderly customer change his car tire has gone viral on the internet
Lee (left) is a 96-year-old World War II veteran who visits the restaurant and is known to manager Howard (right)
‘He jumped into action without hesitation,’ Somoza explained.
As Howard changed the car tire, Somoza snapped a picture and posted it online – with no idea that it would soon go viral.
The image – which shows Howard bending down near the vehicle as the elderly Lee watches on – has heartened social media users.
‘Let’s highlight the awesome people in society!’ one wrote on Facebook, seemingly sick of relentless bad news.
‘Chick-fil-A has some pretty awesome employees!’ cooed another admirer of the image.
Somoza says the selfless act wasn’t out of character for Howard – whom he has known for five years.
‘His act of kindness was beautiful. He has always been so helpful to anyone in need and deserves this recognition,’ Somoza stated.
Meanwhile, Mr. Lee returned to the restaurant on Friday to pick up a coffee – and to say thank you again to Howard for his help.
The Chick-fil-A in Severn, Maryland is pictured