When Shajuana Mays arrived for her shift at a Popeyes restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri, in March 2017, she couldn’t have known her life was about to change. But during the busy lunchtime rush that day, one of her customers was Donald Carter – a man she’d met for the first time only two days before. And together with a few helpers, Carter had set Mays up for a huge surprise.
Mays and Carter actually first encountered each other on a Friday night when Carter stopped for food at the Popeyes drive-thru. They apparently only spoke for less than a minute while his food was being prepared. But what Mays told Carter had a real impact on him, and he couldn’t get it off his mind that night.
At the time, Carter was 36 years old and had recently quit his job as a detective with the Kansas City Police Department. That had been a position he’d held for more than ten years. But now he’d moved on to work at a technology company and was also helping out with a community group in his spare time. So by the time he’d arrived home on this particular Friday, his family had already eaten.