Anonymous donor gives car to restaurant worker

Some days are better than others and Monday of this week was a good one for a Taco Casa employee.

That’s the message that was shared along with a video of the Taco Casa employee being surprised with the gift of a new-to-him Acura. The car was given by an anonymous donor who noticed that the employee was walking a long distance to get to his job since he was without transportation.

The video, shared on the restaurant’s Facebook page had more than 165,000 views, 3,000 shares and 600 comments by Wednesday morning.

In the 2-minute video, Rod Wilkin Jr., Taco Casa’s vice president of operations, leads the employee from the store. The employee, who was not named in the video, walks out to the drive-thru lane where several cars are parked in the lot. In the corner, near some shrubs, sat the car.

In the video, Wilkin turns to the employee, who is dressed in his uniform – a gray company T-shirt, black pants, black ballcap and black apron – and begins to explain why they’re standing in the parking lot along with several other employees.

“OK, so, there is a gentleman here in town that wants to remain anonymous but wants to surprise you and he has just given me the keys to a car for you and it’s right there,” he said turning toward the Acura.

“For me,” the employee asks, a smile breaking across his face.

“For you,” Wilkin responded.

The employee takes the keys in his hand and with a skip in his step fist-bumps his co-worker and hurriedly walks over to the car as he’s followed by applause.

“He just said it’s a God thing and he wants you to enjoy it,” Wilkin said of the anonymous car donor.

The surprised employee sat in the driver seat and cranked it up, turning the air vents toward his face. His co-workers ribbed him about no longer having to be hot on the way to work.

“I’m not gonna know how to act,” he said.

“Now you have no excuse to be late,” another co-worker said.

“I’m never late,” he responded, setting the record straight. “I’m gonna be super early now.”