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Teen Burger King Employee’s Gesture Towards World War II Vet Goes Viral

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Usually, newsworthy talk of an employee from Burger King would involve a ‘fight’ for a $15 minimum wage. But one fast food worker recently made news in Missouri for honoring somebody who really knows what it’s like to fight for things – a 94-year-old World War II veteran.

And one customer said the simple gesture almost made her cry.

Devante Nicholson, the Burger King employee, came from the back of the restaurant and extended his hand in a motion that Kenneth Haas thought was for him to hand the teenager a coupon for his order.

Instead, the teen simply wanted to shake the vet’s hand and thank him for his service.


Two men, from different generations, caught the attention of customers at a Cape Girardeau restaurant.

Tina Readus posted on her Facebook page that she and her mother were at the Burger King on Broadway when a young man walked out from the back of the restaurant and extended his hand to an older gentleman in front of them.

She said the man tried to give the employee his coupon, but the employee said, “Oh no, I just want to shake your hand and thank you for your service and for my freedom in our beautiful country.”

Readus said she was moved to tears and just had to get their names and picture.

She said she learned the older gentleman was Kenneth Haas, 94, a World War II veteran. The employee was Devante Nicholson.

Here is a photo of the two from very different generations showing an appreciation for each other:


Devante told the news station that he tries to make a point to thank every veteran he sees, as his father was a Navy SEAL and he has designs of joining the Air Force himself.

This show of gratitude just so happened to be caught on tape and shared on social media.

Watch the local news report below …

KFVS12 News

Job well done, young man.  While the world is filled with fast-food workers feeling entitled to make $15/hour minimum wage, this teenager realizes that the truly entitled are those who fought for something much more important many years ago – freedom.

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