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25 Dec

Over$200k Raised For Burger King Worker Who Got A

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Kevin Ford, a Burger King worker, has received over $199,000 in donations on Go Fund Me after a video of a goodie bag he received on his twenty seventh work anniversary went viral on Twitter.

In keeping with the video posted earlier this month, Ford has worked as a cook and cashier at a Burger King within the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport for 27 years without missing a day.

He received a Starbucks cup, some candy and a single movie ticket in a transparent plastic backpack from the burger chain’s parent company HMS Host, to point out appreciation for his years of service.

Although Ford appreciated the gift, he told TMZ that he felt what he got didn’t quite measure as much as the monetary gifts employees received before the pandemic.

Online, social media users criticized the gift bag as mediocre and never fitting to point out appreciation for an worker of just about three many years, in keeping with People.com.

Following the outpouring of support on social media, Ford’s daughter Seryna arrange a GoFundMe page to acknowledge her father’s dedication to his job.

“My name is Seryna. The person in that video is my father. He has worked at his job for 27 years, and yes, he has never missed a day of labor,” she wrote. “My dad continues to work here because though he does look young, he’s coming up on retirement age and leaving would cost him his retirement. Under no circumstances are we asking for money or is he expecting any money, but when anyone looks like blessing him, he would love to go to his grandchildren.”

Ford’s story moved so many folks that the fundraiser has exceeded its goal twice. In only seven days, over $202,157 has been raised as of this writing

“I’ve been crying for about two days now. It’s just incredible,” said Ford in a phone interview with NBC’s TODAY. “I just go to work and check out to have a good time and laugh and make other people’s day good. It’s like I’ve been in a dream for nearly two days now. It’s just so beautiful and awesome. It truly is.”

Burger King issued an announcement to TODAY in response to the criticism stating that the corporate is committed to recognizing the achievements of its employees and the gift that Mr. Ford received was a “reward in recognition of a short-term positive performance/experience.”

The corporate also says that it does offer its team members, “a strong worker recognition program, which incorporates the popularity of tenure milestones and monetary awards.”

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