Carrie Rengers

A generous, ‘wonderful thing happened’ at Kennedy Tire Friday

A customer was at Kennedy Tire on Friday to get four new tires on her vehicle when another customer – an elderly, recently widowed pastor – came in seeking a single tire.

Company president and co-owner Troy Davis says that’s “even though all four tires were bald and barely hanging in there,” but one used tire is all the man said he could afford.

Davis says the store didn’t have a used one in the right size. While an employee made calls trying to find one, the female customer took store manager Cheryl Guthrie aside.

“She was like, ‘Well, I’d like to go ahead and purchase them for him,’” Guthrie says.

In turn, the store, which is just east of 13th and West streets, discounted the four new tires the woman was buying for the other customer.

The woman left before the man knew what she did.

“He was very grateful,” Guthrie says.

“He was very, very tearful,” she says. “He was a little overwhelmed. He didn’t know what to do.”

Guthrie says she told him the woman “just wanted to make sure you were going to be OK.”

She says she also told him the woman’s generosity might be “a pay-it-forward thing.”

This is the third time this has happened at Kennedy Tire this year, Guthrie says.

“It just brings a tear to your eyes,” she says.

Davis says he was touched, too.

“It was this kind of gloomy, miserable day, and then all of a sudden … this wonderful thing happened.”

Reach Carrie Rengers at 316-268-6340 or crengers@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrieRengers.

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