A dog and her owner have left the internet sobbing after a video of them cheering up a McDonald's drive-thru worker went viral, but what happened next has made an even bigger difference in the cashier's life.
US woman Maceon McCracken posted a TikTok of herself driving up to a Macca's window to see her pup Wynonna's favourite employee, who it turns out was "having a really rough day".
"This is why it's so important to be nice to everyone. You never know what people are going through or what kind of day they're having," Ms McCracken wrote in the caption of her video. "This McDonald's worker brings in their own dog treats to give out and is always so happy. It broke my heart to see them upset today. I'm glad Wynonna could brighten their day a bit."
In the clip, which has garnered over five million views, the McDonald's employee explained through tears that she was feeling down but seeing Wynonna made her happy. The video warmed the hearts of viewers, who prompted Ms McCracken to start a GoFundMe to raise money for the drive-thru worker.
Describing the cashier on the GoFundMe page, Ms McCracken wrote: "This individual always has the brightest smile on her and absolutely lights up when a customer with a pup comes through her window. She even brings in her own dog treats to pass out. After a lot of suggestions for a GoFundMe, I have decided to create one to raise a nice tip for her during the holidays!!"
Ms McCracken also filmed herself picking out a thank-you card and some dog treats in anticipation that the Macca's cashier would get more customers driving through with their pet pooches to make her day.
People from all over the world responded to McCracken's call, with over 500 donations, well wishes and pet photos left on the GoFundMe page. "Saw your TikTok, had to send some love from Statesville," someone commented. "We loved the video! Dogs can really sense a special person when they see one," added a second. "A small contribution from Buddy and Coco in Perth, Western Australia," wrote a third.
'Christmas angels' raise thousands for McDonald's worker
Ms McCracken later revealed that over $6,000 had been raised through the GoFundMe campaign and in a follow-up video returned to the McDonald's branch in Huntersville, North Carolina, to deliver the gifts to her pet dog's favourite employee. The stunned cashier was overwhelmed by the kindness showed to her, describing herself as "such a nobody".
"This is why I work here, 'cause I just love y'all. I love my customers so much. Y'all make me so happy every day when I come here," she said. She added that she struggles with low self-esteem and told Ms McCracken, "You have no idea how much this means to me".
The grateful drive-thru attendant said she'll use the money to put a down payment on a new car as the transmission on her current vehicle was broken. Although Ms McCracken had previously indicated that she was closing the GoFundMe campaign, she revealed that it actually remains open, so with donations still coming in, the beloved Macca's worker might soon be able to afford more than just a car deposit.
"Thank you so so so much to every single person that has commented, shared, saved, and donated. You all are Christmas angels this year," Ms McCracken wrote to her TikTok viewers.
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