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You scream, I scream, we all scream for custard-based kindness.

One of our readers wrote in after seeing our story on an amputee in Ohio who received a truly awful letter after asking a neighbor not to park in her handicapped spot. Seeking to reassure us that good people still exist, she pointed us to the story of her son, 18-year-old Travis Sattler, and the little kid who wanted a mini mint Oreo custard.


Children may not know the value of a dollar, but they know the value of a nickel.

Travis works at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Katy, TX, and near the end of his shift on Wednesday, a little boy approached the counter with a few crumpled dollars and some loose change. "He was a little nervous," Travis later told reporters, "ends up handing me everything he had."

Everything he had was about $2 short, but Travis had once been a nervous little boy who wanted a custard, so he took out his own credit card and told the kid, "It's on me." When the boy heard that, Travis said, "he had the biggest eyes, the widest smile."


And they say kids don't know how to write letters on the backs of receipts anymore.

I'd have liked to see Travis's eyes and smile half an hour later, though, when the boy returned with his mother as they were leaving. The boy handed Travis a note reading "Thank you for being so nice and paying for my custard. We need more people like you."


Travis Sattler, a man who doesn't just talk the custard talk, but walks the custard walk.

Inside the note was $100.

Travis, a full-time college student paying his own way, plans to put the money towards nursing school. Travis's employers are also very proud of him (and possibly the terrific press he's brought to Freddy's). The corporate office in Kansas is planning on giving Travis another $100, and Padden Nelson, the owner of the Katy, TX franchise said "Travis's face is probably a face that boy will remember for a long time."

Thanks, Travis. I realize this story was about an ice-cold custard, but it warmed our hearts like a broiling steakburger.

Sources: USA Today | Jayna Balcer