On Wednesday afternoon, Rebecca Boening was on the road when she had an unexpected emergency. She pulled up to a Burger King drive-thru at the next exit, but as soon as the cashier heard her begin to order, the fast food worker was sent running to the restaurant’s parking lot.
The close call Rebecca experienced last week was scary, especially because she was driving on the freeway when her blood sugar dropped. Indeed, her health emergency could have ended very badly. However, because of a kind and proactive woman named Tina Hardy, Rebecca’s day did not end in disaster.
When her blood sugar dropped to a dangerous level, Rebecca pulled off the freeway at the next exit in order to find some food. The closest restaurant in her path was a Burger King. What happened as soon as she began to order was so inspiring that she later decided to share the experience on her personal Facebook page.
“Wednesday afternoon I was driving west on I-40 when my blood sugar dropped to a dangerous level,” wrote Rebecca. “Luckily a Burger King restaurant was at the upcoming exit. As I stumbled through placing my order I mentioned to the voice on the speaker that I was diabetic and in need of food,” she added.
“Low blood sugar makes it difficult to think or act,” she continued. “I pulled up to the first window in order to pay for my food. I was shocked to see Burger King employee Tina Hardy running toward the front of my car. She squeezed between the front of my car and the building just to bring me a small serving of ice cream,” explained Rebecca.
“Tina later explained that her husband was also diabetic and she could tell that I needed help,” she went on. “After paying I pulled up to Tina’s window where she gave me my food. She instructed me to park across the driveway so that she could keep an eye on me until I felt better,” she recalled.
“After eating I waited for a break in business so that I could return to Tina’s window,” wrote Rebecca. “I then took this picture and spoke with Tina’s supervisor, telling him what she did for me. If you appreciate what this special woman did please share this story. Hopefully Tina Hardy will receive the recognition that she truly deserves from the public and from the big bosses at Burger King,” Rebecca concluded, adding a picture of her new friend Tina.
Rebecca’s story was also shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page, where it received thousands of shares in just one hour. Facebook users also commented to tell Tina what a fantastic job she had done.
“As the daughter of a diabetic mom, I love that Tina immediately brought ice cream for Rebecca,” wrote Debi Moseley Matlack. “I live with my mom now to keep an eye on her and low blood sugar can be scary and dangerous. Tina, thank you so much for taking care of Rebecca,” she added.
Rebecca’s story provides the perfect reminder that it is so important for us all to look out for one another. We all need just a little bit of help from time to time, and all it takes is the kindness of one stranger to change someone’s day, or perhaps, their whole life.
If Rebecca hadn’t have gotten that food into her system so quickly, her body might have gone into diabetic shock, and from there, there’s no telling what could have happened. When you’re behind the wheel of a car, you simply cannot play around with such health matters.
Please share this heartwarming story to remind others to be kind and thoughtful towards others. This is the season of giving, so there’s no time like the present to do a good deed that might make someone else’s day!