Burger King employee Kevin Ford never missed a day’s work in the 27 years he spent as a cook at the Las Vegas McCarren airport location of the chain restaurant. So when he arrived at work on the 27th anniversary of his employment and joked around about the time spent working at the company, management scrambled to find a present to thank him for his hard work.
The present: a string backpack, a movie ticket, a lanyard, a coffee cup, and some candy.
Ford posted a video of him opening the presents and thanking his coworkers on TikTok and it quickly garnered thousands of views and likes. While some viewers praised his positivity and humility, others viewers online expressed shock and dismay at the small reward he received after his many years of loyalty.
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On the back of the video’s success, his daughter Sernya Ford set up a GoFundMe page looking to raise just an additional $200 for him to visit his grandchildren.
“The man in that video is my father. He has worked at his job for 27 years and yes, he has never missed a day of work,” Ford’s daughter wrote on the GoFundMe page.
She noted that Ford had originally begun working the job as a single father and has continued to work there due to the health insurance package provided by the company.
“My dad continues to work here because though he does look young, he is coming up on retirement age, and leaving would cost him his retirement,” she wrote, adding “In no way are we asking for money or is he expecting any money but if anyone feels like blessing him he would love to visit his grandchildren.”
But to the family’s surprise, the page raised over $329,000 and was still rising at the time of publication. Some notable donors included actor David Spade, who donated $5,000 and messaged Ford on Instagram wishing him good luck.
“Enjoy your retirement!” another doner wrote.