If you lose a few dollars, you might just figure it’s gone for good. And if you find a few dollars, you might just pick it up and pocket it without giving another thought to who lost it.
But for one man, the amount of money he was left holding did not matter—he had a duty to perform and, however long he had to wait, he was going to get it back to its rightful owner.
Danny Cadra forgot his $3 in change at the drive-thru window of a Chick-Fil-A.
In around mid February, at a Lubbock, Texas, Chick-Fil-A, Danny Cadra ordered some food at the drive-thru window and then drove off. He had everything, his food and wallet, but what he forgot to pick up was his just over $3 change in bills and coins.
One employee, Marcus Henderson, was left with the change and immediately presented with a choice. He could pocket the money, or add it to charity box—it probably would not be missed.
But Henderson felt a strong sense of pride in the job he does—not just to be a great cashier, but to take pride in whatever he is doing. Because of that, the choice was obvious.
“I’m supposed to keep this and give it back to him,” Henderson told KAMC News.
“I knew he was a regular, I was going to see him again eventually,” the cashier said.
Henderson had seen Cadra before; he was a regular at the Chick-Fil-A, and it was only a matter of time before he came back to the restaurant again.
So, the dutiful cashier decided he would keep the change with him every day he went in to work; he put it in an envelope and put that envelope in his back pocket.
“It was basically a part of my uniform,” Henderson told KAMC. “I got my name tag, my hat, my apron, and I just put it in my back pocket, just in case today might be the day where I see him.”
He did this for nearly one month before Cadra came to the restaurant again. When he finally did, Henderson, working behind the counter, immediately came up to him.
“He says, ‘a while back, you left your change here,’ and I’m like, ‘my change, what do you mean?’” Cadra told KAMC. “And he said, ‘you drove off without your change,’ and I said, ‘are you serious man?’ I look in there and there’s the change.”
Cadra was blown away by Henderson’s commitment to good service.
An act of kindness right here in Lubbock! A Chick-fil-A customer left his change behind on accident, so the employee…
“I was like, ‘man, this is the coolest thing!’” Cadra told KAMC. “‘Man, what a great American.’”
But Henderson didn’t think what he was doing was all that special.
“I’m called to serve these people well, not only because of my job but who I am,” Henderson told KAMC. “This has pushed me to act in ways where I wouldn’t naturally.”
Still, not many would have done what Henderson chose to do. Especially for such an inconsequential amount of money; but his simple act was that much more inspiring because of that.
“What a breath of fresh air,” Cadra told KAMC. “It meant that much to him, so it meant even that much more to me.”
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Super proud of this story! It's great to see acts of kindness like this in our community <3
Posted by Paige Pauroso – KAMC News on Wednesday, March 14, 2018