Greenville Wendy’s customers pay it forward in the drive-through

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:46 am on Friday, March 16, 2012

Seven people paid for lunch for the people waiting in line behind them at the Wendy’s drive-through on Thursday. — Daily News/Cory Smith

GREENVILLE — When a Greenville woman let someone cut in front of her in line at a drive-through restaurant, she didn’t know what she was starting.

Rhiannon Jensen let a man in a truck pull in front of her at Wendy’s in Greenville during her lunch break Thursday.

When it was Jensen’s turn to pay at the window, Wendy’s crew member Michael Redlich informed her the man had paid for her $7 lunch and wished her a “Happy Thursday.”

“I wasn’t expecting it,” Jensen said. “It just really kind of lifted my spirits.”

Wendy’s crew member Michael Redlich was in an especially good mood Thursday after numerous Wendy’s customers paid it forward while waiting in line at the drive-through window. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Jensen was so touched, she decided to pay for the lunch of the person behind her. That person, in turn, paid for the person behind them. The pay it forward mentality continued to include seven vehicles.

“I never saw anything like it,” said an excited Redlich. “I got to keep telling people they were already paid for. It was very interesting.”

Wendy’s Manager Connie Chandler said every once in a while a customer will pay for another customer, but never like this. She said it affected everyone’s mood for the better.

“Customers were much more friendly,” she said.

Redlich of Greenville has worked at Wendy’s since last October.

“It made my day,” he said. “I’ve been singing songs and talking and laughing with customers. Other people having a good day, that just made my day.”

Jensen left Wendy’s feeling more positive about her day and about life in general.

“It all started with a Happy Thursday from the man in the truck,” she said.

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