This story originally appeared at American Web Media by Nathan Baker.
Veterans deserve to be treated with kindness and respect. It’s always nice to hear a story of when a veteran receives an act of kindness out of appreciation for their sacrifices. One 92-year-old World War II veteran has a favorite restaurant: Chick-fil-A. Because he’s such a loyal customer and treats the employees and other customers with respect, the staff at this particular restaurant decided to do something nice for him. He’ll never have to pay for another chicken nugget, thanks to one franchise manager’s generosity.
“I like nuggets. And if you want a good one, this is the place to come,” Ernie told Fox59 in a recent interview with him about his daily lunch.
Ernie, from Avon, Ohio, has been going to the same Chick-fil-A for lunch for several years now. The staff loves him, the customers love him, and most of all, manager James Cooke loves Ernie. On Veteran’s Day, they decided to surprise him with something that instantly brought a smile to his face.
“James came up with a really good idea as we were thinking of how to honor you,” restaurant owner Chris Tincher said in a Facebook video. “He said, ‘What if when Ernie came in, he never had to pay for Chick-fil-A again when he came to our restaurant?’ So that was James’ idea, he wanted to honor you.”
Ernie will never pay out of his own pocket for his favorite kid’s chicken nugget meal and his trademark root beer. Ernie, the old-fashioned and respectful veteran that he is, and super fan of the brand, refused the offer.
“It was kind of a shock to me, I didn’t think I deserved a free meal,” Ernie said.
Tincher is a veteran too, and he assured Ernie that he definitely deserved the free meal and every single one in the future. Tincher is proud to serve his fellow veterans and his generosity is truly special.
“[Ernie] really does make people feel special. He’s almost more important to our staff than we are to him,” Tincher said. “I wouldn’t know what to do without him. He is definitely a bright spot in our day.”
Ernie deserves this wonderful act of kindness. Veterans have put their lives on the line to keep our country safe and secure, yet they’re often left behind in mainstream society. There’s no more deserving group for respect and admiration than the veterans in our community.
“It just makes me feel good, it makes me feel good because people treat me nice,” Ernie said, finally accepting the kind offer.
Many restaurants and businesses offer veterans a discount on food and purchases. It’s a nice way of showing gratitude for their service. Many places in your community may offer discounts to veterans. Check out what local businesses offer to show of gratitude for local veterans.