A Texas fast-food employee is being hailed as a hero after saving a customer from the potentially dangerous effects of diabetes.
According to Fox News, former police officer Rebecca Boening pulled into the drive-thru lane of a Burger King in Amarillo after realizing her blood sugar had dropped.
By the time it was her turn to order, however, she found it difficult to communicate and was only able to tell the employee inside that she was diabetic.
That worker, Tina Hardy, was outside and rushing to Boening’s vehicle in an instant.
As it turned out, Hardy’s husband also has diabetes, so she knew what to do in response to the emergency.
In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Hardy described the customer’s speech as shaky and slurred before she revealed that she was suffering from diabetes.
“After I told her the total, I made her ice cream and ran it out to her knowing she was in desperate need of the sugar,” she said.
Boening shared the experience, as well as her gratitude, in a widely shared Facebook post.
Wednesday afternoon I was driving west on I-40 when my blood sugar dropped to a dangerous level. Luckily a Burger King…
She wrote that Hardy’s assistance did not end with the curbside ice cream service, adding that the employee went on to “keep an eye” on her after asking her to park in the restaurant’s parking lot.
The grateful customer went back to take a picture of the helpful employee and sing her praises to management.
Hardy said she was overwhelmed by the outpouring of appreciation from the customer she helped — and the people her post reached online.
“It was a pleasure helping her,” the employee said. “I did not expect such a huge response to the story.”
In the Facebook post, Boening expressed hope that Hardy would “receive the recognition that she truly deserves from the public and from the big bosses at Burger King.”
While there has been no apparent update from her employer, the request for public recognition has been met with more 200,000 Facebook shares and nearly 500,000 reactions as of this writing.
[Featured image: Tina Hardy/Facebook]