When Bonnie Kandel's son, Leif, gets fixated on something, it's very hard for the young boy with autism to let that thing go. After weeks of hearing her son talk about Teen Titans toys that his friend got from McDonald's, Kandel knew that she was going to have to take Leif on a trip to get a Happy Meal containing one of the toys.
"So after a few weeks we ventured out in search of the much discussed Happy Meal," Kandel wrote in a post she shared on the Love What Matters Facebook page. "We ordered and asked about the coveted Teen Titans toys that were displayed on a kiosk. They had run out, no more left. They were now on to Batman. Leif was devastated."
After telling their cashier, TQ, a bit more about Leif and why the toys meant so much to him, the young woman asked her manager if she could break the rules this one time and dismantle the display full of the Teen Titan toys for Leif. "It took some convincing, I overheard, because this was not something they were supposed to do," Kandel wrote.
"TQ spent the next 15 to 20 minutes getting those toys for my son. He was overjoyed and has been playing with them for HOURS! McDonald's, I hope you know how lucky you are to have such a sweet woman on your staff. Someone who takes special care of their customers, someone who goes well above and beyond."
Kandel ended her post with a thank you directed at TQ, who appears smiling next to Leif in the post's photo. "Thank you, TQ . . . These simple Happy Meal toys mean so much! Your effort was an expression of love and made a difference."