Two Florida McDonald’s staffers are being applauded for going above and beyond to temporarily care for two young girls, ages 4 and 8, after their father was arrested for DUI charges in the parking lot of the fast-food chain.
Police officers in Sarasota responded to a call Monday after midnight and found a man asleep behind the wheel of his car, KGNC reports. In the backseat were his two young daughters, who reported being hungry and in need of the bathroom.
Though the fast-food restaurant had already closed for the evening, authorities approached the establishment, and informed the two lone staffers present of the situation, as per the police department's Facebook page.
"The two employees stopped what they were doing, started up all the machines and gave the two young girls anything they wanted to eat, allowed them to use the restroom and stuffed their Happy Meals with toys. Additionally, the employees would not allow Officers to foot the bill," reps for the department wrote online, in a post that has since been liked over 1,700 times on Facebook.
"To the two McDonald's employees, who went above and beyond, you are two of the many reasons it's an honor to continue to serve and protect such an incredible city," the emotional post concluded.
Moving forward, the girls were released to other family members, while their father now faces charges related to the DUI and child neglect, as per the police.
Meanwhile, news of the Mickey D’s employees generosity struck a heartstring with many.
“Thanks y’all I was the manager that helped those kids I wasn’t worried about him hitting my truck my main concern was those kids it really touches me to see and hear such nice things,” Montice Stayfocus wrote on Facebook.
“[Thanks] to the employees who re-opend the store and fired up those machines for those 2 little girls …. So very proud of two people I don't even know to open their hearts to help these girls who through no fault of there own were put into a bad situation,” one fan said. “Glad they were fed and allowed to use the bathroom and are back with family. No child should have to go [through] that. There are still wonderful and good hearted people in this world.”
“Kudos to all the adults stepping up to do the right thing,” another agreed.