Your donations No. 1 for children's charity

A few months ago, I wrote about the Cornelius McDonald's, selected to participate in a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald Houses.

Across the country, Ronald McDonald Houses provide free or low-cost places to stay near hospitals when families need to travel away from home to get treatment for seriously ill children.

Our local McDonald's was selling paper hearts and special teddy bears for this charity, was in second place in sales in the region and wanted to be No. 1.

With thanks to everyone in Cornelius who participated, they won. On the Sunday the column appeared, people came in to the McDonald's just to buy hearts, according to Cathy Jagdeo, the manager, and bought "hearts in quantities of $10, $15, $20 and some even higher."

In fact, so many people bought so many hearts that day that our Cornelius McDonald's sold almost twice as many hearts as their closest competitor.

Congratulations to our town's support and our McDonald's for selling more than 5,000 hearts to benefit the Ronald McDonald House charities.

Adventures at McDonald's

Manager Cathy Jagdeo also told a story about how interesting it can be to work at the Cornelius McDonald's.

Late one Friday night, a car with two or three guys in their early 20s came through the drive-through and ordered 15 McDouble hamburgers. It appears they had been drinking before they came to the store. After the guys placed their order, they left a pair of long pants draped over the order speaker.

Before they drove around to pay, they left a bra on one of the poles next to the building. When they got to the window, they paid for their food and got it, but gave the manager some trouble. As a result, the manager called the police, who came and arrested the guys, Jagdeo said.

The next morning, one of the Cornelius police officers came into McDonald's to get his coffee, and with a huge grin on his face laughed at Cathy and said, "You had fun here last night."

Cathy teased that the story was sad because the guys had paid for 15 burgers but didn't get to eat any of them because they were arrested.

The moral of this story is that you should not drink and drive, even through the drive-through at McDonald's.