AMESBURY (CBS) â€“ A gesture by a customer at Heavâ€™nly Donuts in Amesbury triggered a chain reaction on Saturday that presumably led to a lot of smiles.
On Friday, Eileen Taylor made her usual stop at the popular donut shop, when something unusual happened.
â€œThere was a woman ahead of me and she paid for my drinks, and I thought that was really cool. I thought it was really nice, it was unexpected,â€ said Taylor.
So when she came back a day later, it was her turn.
â€œI knew that my husband would probably kill me because I just recently lost my job,â€ she told WBZ.
Yet she still did the same thing, even though money was tight. What happened next though â€” she never could have imagined.
â€œAfter that it was like, oh weâ€™re three cars deep, four cars deep, and after about the 15th car I started letting the customers know, â€˜Hey, weâ€™re 17 cars in, you can either keep it going or you can take your coffee and go. Either way itâ€™s your choice,â€™â€ the clerk said.
According to the clerk, 55 customers rolled through the drive-thru back-to-back, each one paying for the next order.
â€œFifty-five cars consecutively â€” it just kept going. And i thought that was just really something,â€ Taylor said. â€œIt was wild, crazy! Crazy at Heavâ€™nly Donuts.â€
Employees were stunned that every customer was so willing and eager to continue the chain, especially when orders ranged anywhere from $5 to $20.
â€œWe do have regulars who do pay for the customer behind them every once in a while, but never have we had a chain like today,â€ said Wendy Clement, the shopâ€™s manager.
Customers and employees alike believe the chain of good deeds will happen again soon.
â€œI hope so, I hope it happens every single weekend because it just put everybody in a good mood,â€ said Clement.
Taylor, job or no job, said she wonâ€™t hesitate to be the one to get it started.
â€œOh absolutely, it was great. This was really nice. It was worth it,â€ she said. â€œIt was the best $12 I ever spent.â€
When asked who broke the chain, Clement said it was the last car in line, and only because there were no cars behind them.