In February 2012, Ishmael Mohammed, Jr., known as "The Wendy's Guy," left Austin, Texas, for his hometown in New York.
"Junior," the long-time employee at the Wendy's restaurant in the University of Texas at Austin's student union, had been a favourite on campus. The speedy server — in 2005, he broke a world record for most sales at a fast-food restaurant in 30 minutes — was known to serve up orders with the catchphrases "Touchdown, baby" and "Let's kick ass."
In 2006, a short documentary about his record-breaking sales premiered at South By Southwest.
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In 2012, the Austin Chronicle named him "Best Fast-Food Superstar" for doing "the work of 20 men."
Last week, a University of Texas alumni ran into Junior, back in Austin after a two-year absence. He was asking for spare change.
"It took me a moment, and then I knew it was Junior," Benjamin McPhaul recalled. "He told me his mom had died and that he was homeless."
McPhaul quickly set up a GoRead More »from Donations pour in to help beloved ‘Wendy’s Guy’ get back on his feet