An Atlanta Fast-Food Worker Was Humiliated By A Customer. A Bystander Raised $1,700 For Her.
Believe it or not, humanity is still ever-present.
December 18, 2020 at 2:12 pm
A woman in Atlanta witnessed a disturbing incident at a fast-food restaurant and turned the tragedy into a heartwarming story, igniting a new friendship with an employee who was attacked by a spoiled customer earlier this month.
According to CNN, Feroza Syed became outraged after the customer in the drive-thru line threw a large drink at Bryanna, humiliating the employee because he didn't want ice in his drink.
When Syed pulled up to the drive-thru window, she gave a $20 tip to the sobbing employee and offered to call the police. Hours later, the good Samaritan was still outraged by the incident, so she decided to vent on Facebook. Syed says the incident took place at a McDonald's.
"At drive-thru, guy in front of me threw a soda at the woman because it wasn't what he wanted," the Atlanta woman wrote. "She was crying. Tried to get out of my car to kick his ass, but I was blocked in. Y'all do better."
At drive thru, guy in front of me threw a soda at the woman b/c it wasn’t what he wanted. She was crying. Tried to get out of my car to kick his ass, but I was blocked in. Y’all do better.
After posting the story, Syed came up with the idea of collecting monetary donations from friends and giving the money to Bryanna. The two women were able to connect a few days later with the help of the restaurant's manager.
"(Feroza) was like… 'I have a surprise for you and I really want to give it to you in person,' so I sent her my address," Bryanna told CNN, choosing to be identified by only her first name. "She gave me the envelope and I couldn't do nothing but cry because I wasn't expecting that."
The envelope contained $1,700 in donations, bringing joy to the fast-food worker who is also six months pregnant.
"A large portion of the donations were $5, $10, $20 and that totaled up to a large sum of money," Syed said, adding that she wanted to "put a smile on her face and show her not all humans are horrible."
The woman then shared Bryanna's Cash App handle with others, allowing them to give directly to her new friend. Syed also helped set up an online baby registry for the soon-to-be mother.
"She has been a blessing," Bryanna said about the kind-hearted giver. "There's still some good people out there."
But Syed doesn't feel that she did anything special.
"I just saw somebody being mistreated and I didn't like what I saw," Syed said. "Doing the right thing inspires others to do the right thing and what I keep learning again and again and again is when you see something like this or any situation where someone is being mistreated or harmed, all it takes is one person to change the narrative."
The humble giver noted the significance of showing kindness especially during the current times as the pandemic continues to take a toll on society.
"When we talk about how to give back to our essential workers who put their lives on the line feeding, housing, shopping and providing health care for us — remember that anyone can do what I did," she said.