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Kamloops McDonald's employee serves smiles and characters

Brandon Headey is making people smile with his accents at the Sahali McDonald's drive-thru.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Brandy Gozda-Sekhon
March 27, 2021 - 9:30 AM

Go through the Sahali McDonald’s drive-thru early enough and you might be greeted by a “cocka-doodle-doo, what can I get for you?”

For the last three months while working at the drive-thru window, Kamloops resident Brandon Headey has greeted customers with a barrage of characters, including the Flintstones, a Western cowboy, Cinderella’s fairy godmother and more.

The 18-year-old came up with the idea when he was bored at the drive-thru window. “I thought I would have some fun with this… and ‘yabba dabba doo’ came to mind.”

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Kamloops residents have taken to social media to rave about his performances, including Sky Dionne.

As an anxious person, she couldn’t decide on her order until Headey snapped her out of a panic attack, she said.

“If I know his schedule I'll definitely be going back," she said, adding that it was nice for a person to share some positivity and his performance turned her day around.

“It makes me happy that it makes people’s days and on the Kamloops Rant and Rave group how it’s blown up, that’s really cool to see,” Headey said.

A Facebook post raving about his performances has gathered more than 80 comments as customers share their own experiences with him and 200 interactions as of March 26.

Headey enjoys playing as a Western cowboy the most, as well as his 'yabba dabba doo' greeting. He'll act in character for the full duration of the customer interaction.

“People will laugh at the first window, and sometimes there will be people that don’t like it that much and they’ll have an unhappy face on but mostly everyone’s happy with it,” he said.

He will continue his act as long as he’s working at McDonald’s, he said.

“I think everything to do right now with COVID and the scary times, Brandon is a breath of fresh air for all of Kamloops, we love it,” said Brandy Gozda-Sekhon, owner of the local McDonald’s branch.

Customers are hoping to see him in the mornings now, she said.

“I had a four-year-old that got a smoothie this morning and I heard all about it because she thought there was a cartoon character in the McDonald’s board. I think our youngins definitely like him,” she said.

Visit him at McDonald’s at 500 Notre Dame Drive in the mornings around 9 a.m. every day except Mondays and Tuesdays.


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