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Coworkers give bagel shop employee an early Christmas gift

Posted December 22, 2014

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— A group of workers at a north Raleigh bagel shop banded together to buy a car for co-worker.

Employees and customers of the Bruegger's Bagels on Strickland Road knew Shirley Ratliff was walking miles each day to get to a bus stop and ride to work.

She's been saving for a car, but recent medical issues, and their accompanying bills, had eaten into her savings.

David Burton, who led the fundraising drive, said it was no problem finding people willing to help.

"When I asked them to contribute, they didn't even blink. As a matter of fact, they said, 'How much do you want?' And they said they would give 100, 200. That just goes to show you that the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Raleigh, NC!"

Ratliff was bowled over by the surprise when her car was delivered on Monday.

"I love these people," she said. "I just didn't know that they would go to this extreme to do something like this."


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  • meganagram Dec 23, 2014

    I'm not surprised. This location of Bruegger's Bagels has always been full of friendly and nice workers. Good for her, and good for them as a team.

    Merry Christmas!

  • busyasabee Dec 23, 2014

    What a nice gift!!! Merry Christmas!!!

  • Angie Cox Dec 23, 2014
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    that is so sweet. warms my heart. It's so nice to hear storeis like this for a change.

  • PracticalMagick Dec 23, 2014

    This is so full of win! What a great story!

  • lmurphy45 Dec 23, 2014

    Great story!
    Merry Christmas!!!

  • ecp1951 Dec 22, 2014

    merry christmas!

  • Hubris Dec 22, 2014

    Finally, some uplifting news. This story restores my faith in humanity.

  • heelzfan4 Dec 22, 2014

    This deed makes me feel warm and makes me hope that good deeds will overcome bad deeds in the end! Bless this lady, and the folks who did this for her!

  • dws Dec 22, 2014

    the true Christmas spirit!

  • Venita Peyton Dec 22, 2014
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    Yes!!! How thoughtful of her co-workers and customers!!!