With all the animosity going on in the world nowadays, it’s refreshing to see people perform touching acts of kindness for those who deserve it.
A 92-year-old World War II veteran named Ernie started coming to his local Chick-fil-A about a year ago — almost every day of the week, in fact. The staff at the fast-food restaurant say they look forward to seeing their “favorite customer” daily when he comes in for his chicken nugget kid’s meal and root beer.
Chris Tincher, owner of the Avon Chick-fil-A in the Indianapolis area and a veteran himself, spoke highly of Ernie, saying, “He’s the all-American grandpa, I think. I mean, he just makes you feel good.”
The entire staff at the Avon Chick-fil-A has always been impressed with Ernie. He still drives, does things around the house, and can’t stop eating the chain restaurant’s chicken nuggets (honestly, who can?). “We were just fascinated,” executive director Melissa Luebbert told reporters. “Because he’s always just like, ‘Well, I just mowed my lawn,’ and I mean, he push-mows.”
Melissa continued, “He’s just so warm! Any time you take his food to him he’d ask how we were doing, and that’s where we just built a friendship.”
This past Veterans Day, upper management decided to take that friendship one step further and offer Ernie free Chick-fil-A for the rest of his life.
“Every time you come into our restaurant, you’re family now,” Chris told Ernie as they sat at a booth in the restaurant. “So you no longer have to pay for any of your meals.”
“We wouldn’t know what to do without him,” Melissa told reporters. “He is definitely a bright spot in our day.”
To see the heartwarming moment Ernie finds out about his Chick-fil-A surprise, watch the video below.
Footage provided by WXIN Indianapolis