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Post about Wendy's employee goes viral

A Facebook post about a local Wendy's employee has gone viral.

Posted: Aug 12, 2018 4:48 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2018 10:40 PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A Facebook post about a local Wendy's employee has gone viral.

A post by Daisy Barbos Frischa has gone St. Joseph viral. As of Sunday afternoon, the post had nearly 500 reacts and over 200 comments on Facebook. 

The post begins with the lines, "Can we just take a second to talk about the cashier that works at the Middlebelt Wendy's drive-through? He is absolutely precious."

The post is about Charles Thornton, an employee at the Wendy's at 1601 N. Belt Hwy in St. Joseph. People's comments on the post are filled with appreciation for the kindness of Thornton. 

At the restaurant, they call him the "Wendy's Weather Guy" because he always asks each customer about the weather when working in the drive-through. 

“I was just trying to think about something that everyone could honestly relate to and I’d say that since we all go, do have to go outside, we all deal with the weather at some point, don't we?" Thornton said. "So I thought that would be pretty good.”

Wendy's General Manager, Paula Dysart, says that Thornton has been working at the restaurant for three years. 

“He is great." Dysart said. "We tell everybody he’s our he’s our mascot. Like, he truly is. I think it's what Dave would have wanted. Like he treats people with the utmost respect.”

Dysart said that after the Facebook post went viral, Wendy's corporate sent Thornton a surprise package. 

After some research, Dysart learned that Thornton was in college for three years before he had to drop out due to financial reasons. Since then, she has started a GoFundMe account to help raise funds for him to return to college. 

“So we set up a GoFundMe account to help the Wendy’s weather guy finish his degree," Dysart said.

A link to the link to the page is below. She hopes to raise $6,000.


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