Man's $600 Mistake Nearly Cost Him Big. Watch What A Fast Food Worker Did For A Complete Stranger

October 12, 2023

In a heartwarming tale of empathy and generosity, a fast food employee's selfless act of kindness is receiving the recognition it truly deserves.

Stella Magano, an assistant manager at a Long John Silver's restaurant in San Antonio, demonstrated extraordinary compassion by digging through the trash to help a distressed customer find his missing denture.

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Craig Paulk, a regular customer at the Long John Silver's located at the intersection of I-10 and De Zavala Road, had made it a habit to visit the restaurant for a quick bite to eat after work. On that fateful day, he found himself in a precarious situation when he accidentally tossed his partial denture in the trash after his meal.

"I had my front tooth broken about five years ago," Paulk explained, "And it's just something I've never gotten accustomed to. So, I take it out and usually fold it up in a napkin and set it to the side."

Recognizing the potential $600 cost of his error, along with the inconvenience of having to replace the missing denture, Paulk was determined to retrieve it. He approached Magano and asked if he could have the trash bag to search for his denture himself.

However, Magano insisted on taking it upon herself to retrieve Paulk's personal belongings from the trash. Without hesitation, she donned gloves, wheeled out the trash can, and meticulously sifted through the pile of discarded items to locate the missing denture.


Paulk expressed his gratitude for Magano's act of kindness. "I just wanted to thank you for your kindness, and my gratitude, you know, I couldn't express for what you did, to go through the trash for a stranger," he told

This remarkable story of compassion and selflessness did not go unnoticed. In a surprising turn of events, the incident led to a "Cash for Kindness" reward, organized by local media outlet Fox SA and sponsored by Veteran Air.

Ryan Wolf, a reporter from Fox SA, was present to capture the heartfelt moment when Paulk invited Magano to the restaurant on her day off.

Magano was presented with a stack of $100 bills amounting to $1,000.

Watch the video below.

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