Albert Endrizzi, an Oklahoma man with Down syndrome, has been a fan of the Tulsa-based convenience-store chain QuikTrip for more than 30 years.
On Wednesday evening, QuikTrip chief financial officer Stuart Sullivan, who met Endrizzi 25 years ago through a Best Buddy program, made Endrizzi a surprise offer he couldn't refuse: to be an honorary employee at the opening of the chain's new store near Endrizzi's house.
"He mentioned to my wife that he wanted to come to the grand opening, and I came up with the idea of him potentially being the first customer. And then our division manager said, 'Wouldn't it be cool if he could actually ring up the first customer?'" Sullivan told Tulsa World.
The company gave Endrizzi an official uniform at the opening and had him help the first customer: Marc Delametter, who will retire next month from his position as the company’s controller and vice president of accounting.
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