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Drive-through customers pay it forward – 167 times

A customer who paid for the meals of a father with a family of five in the van behind her on Father’s Day at an Indiana McDonald’s sparked a chain of giving that spread to 167 customers.
A customer who paid for the meals of a father with a family of five in the van behind her on Father’s Day at an Indiana McDonald’s sparked a chain of giving that spread to 167 customers. The Associated Press file

A Father’s Day act of kindness in southern Indiana sparked a chain reaction at a McDonald’s drive-through.

Cashier Hunter Hostetler told WDRB-TV that a regular customer paid for the meals of a harried father with four children in a van behind her in line Sunday, asking the clerk to tell the man “Happy Father’s Day.”

When his turn at the window came, the father paid for two cars behind him. And so it went, right up until the Scottsburg, Ind., eatery closed for the night 2  1/2 hours later. By that time, 167 customer’s had paid for each other’s meals.

“I thought it was pretty amazing,” said Abby Smith, who told the TV station she was in car 161. “You don’t see a lot of pay-it-forwards anymore.”

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