Customer raises cash for teenage Chick-fil-A worker in neck brace, sling

A customer at an Indiana Chick-fil-A restaurant has raised more than $5,000 for a young employee after a photo of the teen working in a sling and neck brace went viral.

WTHR in Indianapolis reported that Cameron Nelson went into Chick-fil-A's restaurant in Avon on Thursday to place an order because he thought the line at the window was too long. When he went inside, Jakeem Tyler was his cashier.

Tyler was staffing the register despite being in a neck brace and having a sling on his arm. Nelson, who posted about the incident on Chick-fil-A's Facebook page, was impressed.

"For anyone to work in those conditions is commendable, but it's amazing for someone in his generation to have that type of work ethic," Nelson wrote.

I stopped at your location on Rockville Rd.in Indianapolis, IN an hour ago. The line for the drive-thru was pretty long,...

Posted by Cameron Nelson on Thursday, December 8, 2016
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Nelson wrote that Tyler told him that he’d been in a car accident a few days before, but was working because he needed the money. The teen said he needed the money for Christmas, and that he also hoped to help feed the homeless for the holiday.

Nelson started a GoFundMe page to help Tyler, with a goal of raising $2,500. As of Monday morning, donors had more than doubled that amount at $5,200 and counting.

Nelson updated the post on Facebook to say that he’d been in touch with Tyler’s parents and had given them the information they would need to retrieve the funds for their son.