An ambitious 8-year-old girl with a dream set out to achieve a big goal, and to everyone’s surprise, it all worked out in the end.
Nash, a third-grader from Lexington, Kentucky, was on fall break when he decided to apply for a job to earn enough money for an Xbox. Belinda Johnson, Nash’s mother, told “Good Morning America” that the 8-year-old entrepreneur had seen a hiring sign outside a Drake’s restaurant near his grandmother’s house and went online to send your request for consideration.
“Nash expressed his wishes for Christmas. He wanted an Xbox. But I guess, seeing the signs and everything, he decided he was going to try to apply to make sure he got his Xbox,” Johnson told “GMA.”
Then the boy told his mother what he had done.
At first, she didn’t think much of it. “In all honesty. I was like, ‘Okay, okay. Whatever, Nash,'” Johnson recalled. “Nothing surprises me with this kid. He’s quite creative and he can think of a few things and sometimes I sit and wonder, ‘Why? Where did this come from?’ “
Nash, who learned the merits of saving, earning and giving money from his family, decided to apply for a position as a dishwasher operator at the local Drake’s restaurant. The app caught the attention of Drake’s kitchen manager, who shared the unusual app with Mark Thornburg, Drake’s director of operations.
“At the bottom of the application, he put it as 8 years old…and when the head chef saw the application, she just assumed he forgot to put the 1 in front of the 8. So he called it very innocently,” Thornburg told “Good Morning America”. “The number she put [the application] it was his grandmother’s house and…she asked about Nash and Nash gets on the phone and says, ‘Well, I’m only 8 years old.’ “
When Drake’s team heard Nash’s story, they couldn’t resist reaching out.
“I said, ‘We’ve got to do something for this young man. He’s obviously very special,'” Thornburg said, adding that in his 30 years in the restaurant industry, Nash “is definitely the youngest applicant” he’s ever met. found.
Thornburg invited Nash and his family to join Drake’s team at his hiring orientation and, later, at a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new location in the Leestown area of Lexington. Thornburg personally surprised Nash with his own custom Drake work shirt and even a new Xbox to call his own.
“He was like, ‘I’m so surprised and so happy. Although I don’t know why I want to cry, Mom.’ And I was like, ‘Honey, that’s a normal reaction,'” Johnson recalled, noting that “Christmas came a little early.”
Added Thornburg: “I tell a lot of people that he would have been just as happy in his uniform shirt because his eyes got as big as a baseball. I mean, he was so excited when I gave him his uniform shirt… But then obviously, when I got the Xbox out of him and he was able to open it, it’s, to say the least, life-changing for the little guy for sure.”
Even though he didn’t get the job (after all, the minimum age for that kind of job in Kentucky is 16), Thornburg said Nash was curious about the part anyway and asked him to show him how the job worked. dishwasher not once. , but twice.
“We have to be great friends through all of this,” Thornburg said.
When Nash is older, his mom said she wants to go to Drake’s to work.
For now, Thornburg said Nash has kept him on his toes.
“He’s like, ‘Mark… I think I’ll go to Chick-fil-A when I’m old enough.'” Did I say why?’ He said that Chick-fil-A is much busier than you. I said, ‘Nash, I’ve been open an hour! This is a new location. Give me some time to build the business.’ I said, ‘Man, you’re hard on me,'” Thornbug recalled with a laugh.
“That’s just Nash,” he added. “I mean, he just tells it like it is. I’ve had a lot of fun with him. I really have.”