16-year-old Employee Buys Ice Cream For Upset Customer, Has No Idea She Had Just Lost Her Husband

The smallest acts of kindness are generally the most sincere. In 2015, Brenden McGee, 16, got his first after-school job at the Whitey’s Ice Cream shop in Moline. Although he just started working there, it didn’t take him long to be kind kind and generous.


One day while Brenden was working, a woman drove up to the drive-thru window crying and upset. She ordered but she could hardly speak. Finally, he understood that she wanted to order a shake. Brandan made the shake, handed it to the woman and said, “Your shake is on me tonight. You have a good night.”


The stranger then smiled at the teen through her tears, and then drove off. Brenden didn’t think much about the episode and continued his usual job. Then a few days later, the same woman returned to Whitney’s and asked to speak with Branden’s manager. The manager– Rhonda Vandyke jokingly says when someone asks for a manager, you never know if it’ll be good or bad. But it was good.

After a short conversation, the manager learned why the woman was so upset on the day that Brenden served her. As it turned out, the woman was in mourning. Her husband recently passed away and she was having a hard time. She was touched by Brenden’s kind gesture of paying for the shake and asked Rhonda if he could get recognition.


Although there is no Employee of the Month at Whitey’s, the manager reported it to the office and the administrative staff at Whitey’s placed a special note under his employee file.

“It definitely is better to be kind and polite, I mean, we automatically have to be polite to people, but it’s always nice to go that extra mile,” McGee said.


What we can take away from this story is the lesson that a simple act of kindness can go a long way. This is especially true towards strangers because we never know what they’re going through. Sometimes, going the extra mile to deliver support and comfort can mean a great deal to someone in need.

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