More than 900 drive-thru customers ‘pay it forward’ for nearly 3 straight days

‘No matter what hard times anyone is going through, just take care of each other, you know?’

Diary Queen.
Diary Queen. (Getty Images)

When one person engages in a single act of kindness, we imagine the hope is that it will be followed by other acts of kindness.

That was overwhelmingly the case at a Minnesota Dairy Queen last week.

Tina Jensen, the store manager at the Brainard Dairy Queen, told KARE-TV one man paid for the car behind him, and it spawned a marathon of acts of kindness that lasted nearly two and a half days, between more than 900 vehicles.

“The lady pulled up and I said, ‘Just to let you know, the gentleman in front of you paid for your order,’” Jensen said. “‘If you like, I can pay it forward and you can pay for the order behind you and we can keep this going.’ She’s like, ‘Really? Why would he do that?’ I said, ‘We just have it every once in a while, where someone will take care of the person behind them, and today is your lucky day.’”

The woman didn’t want the luck to end with her, so she too paid for the car behind her. That began the waterfall of paying it forward.

As the number grew, customers began getting excited about the chain.

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