Children with autism oftentimes become fixated on certain objects that bring them comfort. Recently, 7-year-old Lief became attached to McDonald’s Happy Meal toy that his friend at school was regularly playing with.
Once she realized her young boy’s love of the toy, his mom, Bonnie, knew a trip to McDonald’s was in order. A few weeks passed by and his fixation on the toy led to a McDonald’s trip.
When Bonnie ordered her son’s happy meals and asked for a Team Titans toy that was still displayed in the store’s kiosk, she was told the restaurant had moved onto Batman toys.
Here’s what happened next in Bonnie’s own words.
“I explained more about Leif and why it was so important to him….that he had been talking about these toys nonstop for weeks. The lovely, young woman who goes by TQ heard me and understood. She asked the manager if she could dismantle the kiosk and give Leif the toys. It took some convincing, I overheard, because this was not something they were supposed to do. TQ spent the next 15-20 minutes getting those toys for my son. He was overjoyed and has been playing with them for HOURS!”
“McDonald’s, I hope you know how lucky you are to have such a sweet woman on your staff. Someone who takes special care of their customers, someone who goes well above and beyond.
Thank you, TQ, at the 10th and Girls School Road McDonald’s in Speedway, IN. These simple happy meal toys mean so much! Your effort was an expression of love and made a difference.”
While McDonald’s has policies about giving out its leftover kiosk toys, TQ quickly realized this was a special circumstance and her compassion will hopefully not go unnoticed by the executive team at the fast food chain.