David Spade donates $5,000 to a Burger King employee who received a gift bag for 27 years of dedication

As a return for his efforts, he received a bag of Reese’s, a Starbucks reusable cup, two pencils, and a movie ticket.

David Spade, the actor, has contributed thousands of dollars to a Burger King employee who received nothing more than a goodie bag as a reward for 27 years of service. Kevin Ford posted a video last week showcasing the goodie bag he received as a thank you for his commitment. The gift package was delivered by HMS Host, the firm that Burger King hires staff. According to TMZ, the bag contained a bag of Reese’s, a Starbucks reusable cup, two pencils, and one movie ticket. 

Ford, who works as a cashier and chef at Burger King in the Las Vegas airport, claimed the firm brought him anything “they had lying around.” It was even more disheartening that a fast-food restaurant would disrespect someone who has served for 27 years in this manner.

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Ford was still appreciative and grateful even though he was disappointed. 

“I’m delighted about anything, I’m glad for anything I got, believe me, I’m not that sort of person.” I’ve been through a lot in my life. I’ve worked with the firm for 27 years, and it’s a fantastic place to work. But, like other large firms, they’ve lost contact with their employees, and via Covid and other means, they’ve begun to slash programs,” he explained. 

“We used to get cheques for 20 years, and that’s what I mistook the movie ticket for.” I was thinking, ‘hey, they finally handed me my card,’ when I noticed it wasn’t even two movie tickets – it was just one. “I was like, ‘this is just too much,’ and it felt like it was simply whatever they had sitting around that they threw together,” he explained.

People were outraged by the goodie bag provided to Ford and launched a GoFundMe effort to prove that he was more than simply a cog in the corporate machine. David Spade, moved by Ford’s story, also donated a significant gift. The comedian gave $5,000 to his GoFundMe effort and even messaged him on Instagram. Ford’s daughter informed him that Spade had made a gift. When Ford checked his Instagram, he noticed a message praising him from the actor. 

Ford replied, “Holy s**t dude!!! Cannot Believe This!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH For even Watching the Video! I Love You My Brother!!! Much Love and God Bless… I think might be able to take a Day Off…” Spade joked.

“Wait till year 30.” Ford chuckled and replied, “Damn, Are You One Of My Managers??? Thank You Again Sir, You’re the Best. Have A Great Day…”

After the video went viral, Burger King attempted to downplay the event. The presents were in HMS Host packaging, according to the fast-food business, and were essentially a “peer-to-peer reward in recognition of a short term positive performance/experience.” The corporation claimed to have honored employee accomplishments. 

“The franchisee offers its Team Members a robust employee recognition program, which includes the recognition of tenure milestones and monetary awards,” said the spokesperson said.

So far, the GoFundMe effort has raised $161,200. “My father worked at his job for 27 years and yes, he has never missed a day of work. He originally began working at this job as a single father when he gained custody of me and my older sister 27 years ago,” wrote Seryna Ford. “My dad continues to work here, because though he does look young, he is coming up on retirement age and leaving would cost him his retirement,” according to the job description.