For some time now, fast-food restaurants have been a common feature of modern society. In fact, there are over 211,000 of them in the U.S. alone. And more often than not, these outlets are accompanied by drive-thrus.
This drive-thru format first came to prominence during the 1930s. And after it was initially developed by Jordan Martin in the United States, it soon began to appear in countries across the world. But little did Martin know that one day, his idea would save someone’s life.
That woman is Rebecca Boening. Texas-based Boening is a retired police officer with a penchant for anything creative, including photography and needlework. The married mother-of-two carries a great burden with her wherever she goes, however.
And this hardship that Boening has to endure was exactly why, one afternoon in December 2017, she found herself in such a life-threatening situation. On that particular day, the Texan was heading west on Interstate 40 when suddenly disaster struck.
The former police officer’s blood sugar had dropped to a dangerously low level. You see, Boening suffers from diabetes. And as a result of this lifelong condition, Boening’s body is unable to properly break down glucose to make energy, potentially putting her life at risk.
So, Boening had to act fast. And it would seem that luck was on her side – at the next exit, just off the interstate, there was a Burger King. Thankfully, she made it to the restaurant’s drive-thru in one piece. But by that point she was beginning to feel faint.
Boening pulled up at the drive-thru and began to place her order. Although struggling to get her words out, she managed to point out that she was diabetic. And with that declaration, everything changed.
You see, for one Burger King employee, the gravity of this situation immediately became clear. And the next thing that Boening knew, restaurant worker Tina Hardy was running towards her, clutching an ice cream.
It soon transpired that Hardy had recognized Boening’s symptoms, consequently realizing that she desperately needed help – and sugar! Hardy knows diabetes all too well, in fact, as her husband also suffers from the debilitating condition.
But Hardy had not yet finished helping Boening. After the latter had collected her food from Hardy’s window, the employee instructed her to park nearby. That way, Hardy was able to look out for her and ensure that Boening was well enough to continue her journey.
After the mother-of-two had finished her food, though, she was in no hurry to leave. In fact, she waited for the restaurant to quieten down before heading straight for Hardy and her supervisor.
And Boening had nothing but gratitude for the young employee, who may well have saved her life. So she wanted to make sure that both of them were well aware of how grateful she was for Hardy’s help.
In order to commemorate the occasion, Boening took a photo of Hardy. Not content with leaving it there, though, she decided to share the story with her Facebook followers, in the hope that Hardy would “receive the recognition that she truly deserves.”
And shortly afterwards, the story went viral. To date, Boening’s post has been shared more than 240,000 times and has over 50,000 comments – many of which praise Hardy for her quick thinking. Some Facebook users have even gone so far as to call Hardy an “angel.”
Moreover, Boening wanted to ensure that Hardy’s kindness was not only recognized, but also repaid. After discovering that her “hero” didn’t have a car, Boening was determined to help her any way she could. And so she set up a crowdfunding page in the fast-food employee’s name.
Soon donations began flooding in, with many generous people congratulating Hardy on her rescue effort. And it turned out that Boening wasn’t the only person who wanted to make sure that the Good Samaritan got what she deserved.
Joe Street had heard about Boening and Hardy’s tale and wanted to help. The kind-hearted Street is part of the leadership group at Street Toyota. Each Christmas, the organization chooses an individual within the community who needs a helping hand.
And on this occasion, that person happened to be Hardy. So, Street and the leadership group gave this selfless hero a car, which goes to show that good things do happen to good people. And Boening couldn’t wait to update her Facebook friends about this exciting development.
She shared the news on her page, accompanied by a photograph of Hardy with her new mode of transport. Moreover, Boening was quick to assure everyone that any donations that had been made on the crowdfunding page were still going to be put to good use!
Although the donations didn’t go towards Hardy’s new car, they still helped her in other ways. Boening wrote, “The money that was raised was used to pay for her car insurance and for Tina to further her education … Tina wants to help people full time by becoming a counselor.” So, it seems that the Burger King employee isn’t done helping people just yet.