Loyal Arby’s 97 year old customer gets an unexpected gift from restaurant

A 97-year-old war veteran does the same thing every day; he visits his neighbourhood Arby’s drive-through restaurant and orders the same meal.

There’s not even a single day that the workers at the drive-thru eatery don’t see the meat lover strolling into the establishment for his “regular” order.

Staff got to the know the World War II veteran Doug and wanted to discover more about the man who appeared at their workplace every day.

When they heard his story and found out more about this war hero, they did something so special, it has touched the hearts of the nation.

At 97-years of age, World War II veteran Doug recognizes what he loves. He generally orders his “standard” meal every day: a roast-beef slider with Swiss and a senior drink… Coke with no ice.

Since the veteran has turned out to be such a staple for the Chandler, Arizona restaurant, a few employees chose they needed to find out about him.

The employees took a minute from their bustling lives to take a seat ask Doug a few pointed questions:

According to Fox 7: “Hey, Mr Doug, we just want to know what keeps you coming back to this Arby’s location?”,

In spite of the fact that the staff expected a reaction that would be fun like how Arby’s realizes how to serve meat that he enjoys, Doug returned with a remark that reminded the employees how short life can be and to appreciate every little thing we have while it is still here with us – because it could all go away tomorrow.

The struggling war veteran said that Chandler Arby’s location was “the only place I can get a sandwich or get something or anything else to eat that doesn’t hurt my stomach.”

Because of his stomach problem, Doug orders the same thing every day and sits at the same table to eat it.

Employee Travis Coye said: “He has a stomach disorder. This is, unfortunately, the only thing he can eat.”

Another employee, restaurant manager Christina Garnage, told Fox News:

“He comes in with a walker, as soon as we see him come to the doors, we try (to) grab the doors for him.”

Christina then added that when she began working at the restaurant around 32 months back, Doug started making it part of his daily routine shortly thereafter.

Christina said Doug has been visiting the same Arby’s almost consistently for more than two years.

“He’s gone through a lot being a veteran, coming in, being in a retirement home, but he doesn’t have family,” she said.

Staff chose they needed to do something for Doug, who took a chance with his life serving his nation amid World War II, so gave him a $200 gift voucher.

“He was shocked, hardly had anything to say,” another manager said.

As Doug doesn’t have his own family support network staff gave him their cell numbers and said he could call day or night.

They are even ready to deliver his meal to his door if he could not make it to the restaurant.

However, at this point, the manager has made an offer that Doug can’t refuse– Arby’s decided to give Doug food for life, which will kick in once he uses up that gift card.

Additionally, a nearby eye doctor also stopped by the eatery to offer Doug a free test and glasses.

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Written by Shashank