Ernie, a 95-year-old World War II veteran, heads to a Chick-fil-A in Avon, Indiana pretty much every day. He orders a chicken nugget kid’s meal with a root beer and when he sits down to enjoy his meal, employees always join him.
“All of us take turns sitting with him and eating with him,” team leader Amy Chambliss explains. “We just enjoy his company.”
And on Veterans Day, employees at his favorite restaurant told Ernie that he’s considered family and that he doesn’t have to pay for his meals any more. He tried to refuse their generosity, but accepted it and says he’s thankful for the friendships he’s formed.
“It just makes me feel good,” the veteran says. “It makes me feel good because the people treat me nice.” And he adds that they have the best root beer in town.