Molly Prince on July 12, 2019
The manager of a Maryland Chick-fil-A interrupted his shift Thursday to help a World War II veteran change his tire after the 96-year-old entered the restaurant “almost in tears.”
Daryl Howard, who has worked at the Chick-fil-A franchise for about nine years, was taking orders at the counter when the veteran, identified only as “Mr. Lee,” sought help at the Chick-fil-A location after driving on a flat tire, reported CNN.
“He was shaking, almost in tears saying he barely made it to the store on three tires because one was bad,” Rudy Somoza, a fellow manager, told CNN. “As soon as he finished his sentence, Daryl informed me he needed to help this gentleman right now.”
“So, Daryl jumped into action without hesitation,” he continued, noting it took Howard roughly 15 minutes to repair Lee’s tire.
“His action of kindness was beautiful,” Somoza said. “Daryl has always been so helpful to anyone in need and deserves this recognition.”
When a WWII veteran entered a Chick-fil-A, he was nearly in tears and shaking because his tire had gone flat. One manager wasted no time in jumping into action to help. The act of kindness was captured by a fellow manager (Photo: Rudy Somoza)
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) July 12, 2019
A firestorm ignited around the fast food franchise earlier in 2019 after the city of San Antonio banned Chick-fil-A from the San Antonio International Airport over reported “anti-LGBTQ behavior.”
The prohibition came after a March report noted that Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to the Salvation Army, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Paul Anderson Youth Home in 2017. The ThinkProgress report asserted the three charities were discriminatory against LGBTQ individuals.
Both the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Texas Office of the Attorney General launched simultaneous investigations into whether the airport violated federal or state law or transportation regulations by denying a contract to Chick-fil-A on religious grounds. The investigations are still ongoing.