The Burger King employee was awarded a cheap goodie bag and cake for 27 years of service, but the netizens stepped in to show more appreciation than his employer.
Staying loyal and going the extra mile to help your company grow and flourish eventually pays off, right?
Every employee expects their hard work and dedication to lead to something good, whether a pay bump, a promotion, or at least some genuine appreciation.
While dedicating at least 27 years of your life working in a company may seem like a big deal, one 54-year-old Burger King employee recently realized that the opposite is true.
Kevin Ford — a cook and cashier who hasn't missed even a single day at work — recently showed off his 27th-anniversary gift as an employee at Burger King in a video that went viral for all the wrong reasons.
The TikTok video shows Ford standing in the kitchen, going through his goodie bag filled with meager stuff awarded as a token of appreciation for his nearly three decades of service in the company.
They include a movie ticket, a bag of Reese's pieces, a Starbucks tumbler, and two packs of Lifesavers — all of which amounts to virtually nothing compared to the years he has dedicated to the food chain.
Ford's video went viral and the incident resonated with many people who felt saddened and disappointed about the items Ford received.
Many even felt let down by the popular food chain to witness this modest gift and believed it was not enough.
Thankfully, Ford's daughter, Seryna, started a GoFundMe page to give her father a better gift and help him visit his grandkids. And the online community chipped in, contributing more than $340,000 at the time of writing.
Speaking to TMZ, Ford went quite teary-eyed over the GoFundMe page his daughter set up for him. He mentioned that he'd love to use the money to buy a new car after visiting his grandkids.
Ford also told TMZ that he was grateful for the gift from Burger King, even though it was just a small token.
"I'm happy about anything, I'm thankful for anything I get, I'm not that type of person, believe me. I've been through a lot."
People online were genuinely touched by Ford's gratitude. He said he's simply happy to have a job and doesn't want to criticize his employer.
"I'm not trying to put them on blast either, I wanna be working there for 28 years."
A spokesperson for Burger King told TMZ after Ford's video went viral:
"The Burger King brand and its many franchisees nationwide are committed to recognizing and celebrating the achievements of the thousands of people serving across a wide range of roles — all dedicated to providing our guests a world-class experience."
"Following review with this location's franchisee, we've learned that this video depicts a Team Member in receipt of a peer-to-peer reward in recognition of a short-term positive performance/experience."
"The franchisee offers its Team Members a robust employee recognition program, which includes the recognition of tenure milestones and monetary awards."