A Baja Grill employee in Little Rock, Ark., had such an eventful birthday celebration this week that he would remember for a lifetime.
Kelly Toler has been serving as a nightime host at the restaurant for the past two years and had been commuting daily by bus or by hitching a ride with a coworker.
He got the surprise of his life when his coworkers decided to surprise him on his birthday by gifting him a car.
“I was getting to work, I would either ride the bus or get a ride with one of my coworkers who was passing by my house on the way in,” said Toler.
Toler’s 57th birthday has turned his life around after his coworkers got together and bought him a car.
“It was everyone’s idea. I was looking at cars on the marketplace, and then one of the servers came to me and she had the idea on her own. And then turns out simultaneously two other servers were thinking about the same thing… It was just a group effort,” said Heather Baber, General Manager at Baja Grill, to THV11.
Toler said that the restaurant employees showered him with gifts.
“I got a gift bag with 6-pack of beer, some candy and a gift certificate for Kroger. Very generous. That alone teared me up a little bit. Later they called me outside and told me they were going to take a picture, called me outside and presented me with a car, and it’s overwhelming,” said Toler.
“Yes! Yes. He was very surprised, very overwhelmed. Lots of tears. He finished out his shift last night and there were tears on and off all night. He said it was the best day of his life,” said Baber.
A viral video shared on Facebook, shows the moment Toler received the car from his coworkers.
“This awesome staff came together & surprised our wonderful nighttime host with a car! Good people doing something nice for another good person,” the caption read.
Toler said that the Baja Grill restaurant owner and co-workers have gone above and beyond for him before as well as he said that despite not having any restaurant experience, the owner gave him a chance.
“Craig the owner was able to take me in and gave me a chance, and you know, I’m very fortunate,” said Toler.