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Brownsville Residents "Pay It Forward"

By Casey Palmer
By cpalmer@wbbjtv.com

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. - The holiday spirit was in full effect Thursday afternoon at a Brownsville Dairy Queen.

The owner of the restaurant said the random act of kindness by one customer spread, and is unlike anything she has ever seen.

"We had a gentleman, pulled up to the drive through. He paid for his order. He asked what was the total for the order for the next car behind him. (The drive-thru worker) told him he gave her the money and he said, would she give them this note, and it was a note that said 'God loves you'," said Dairy Queen owner Pam Stephens.

That is when it started.

"Gave the next car the note and said, 'The gentleman in front of you paid for your order.' And they said, 'Wow, how much is the car behind me?' The next lady pulled up. They repeated the process, handed her the note. She said, 'Wow,' and paid for the next order," Stephens said.

A simple act of kindness quickly turned into something much more special as the note was passed from one car to the next.

The note was passed along through much of the lunch rush, eventually reaching 20 vehicles that pulled up to the drive through window.

"I think it was somebody who was full of the Christmas spirit and God's love, and he shared it with the next car, and it just kept going on and on," said Stephens.

Stephens said Thursday's lunch rush was nothing less than extraordinary.

"I'll never forget this."

Stephens said she and her employees were truly touched, and she has never seen anything quite like this since owning the restaurant.