The Stonehouse family was shocked when six-year-old Mason ordered food totaling $1000.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 3, 2023. It has since been updated.
After a late-night spending spree left one family’s son with a hefty bill, GrubHub came to the rescue with a generous offer of $1,000 in gift cards. The Stonehouse family was surprised when multiple delivery drivers arrived at their Michigan home with bags of food from Leo's Coney Island, Happy's Pizza, and a local shawarma spot. Keith Stonehouse, the father of six-year-old Mason, said that "I looked at my phone and all of a sudden I see 'Grubhub, and in that same second all these cars and all these lights and the doorbells going off," Stonehouse told "GMA" in a Zoom interview. "They kept coming and they kept coming."
The orders included “giant orders of jumbo shrimp, five different orders, endless chili cheese fries, shawarma sandwiches, rice, grape leaves [and] endless ice cream.” Mason's eyes were clearly bigger than his stomach as the orders added up to a total of $1,000.
A young Michigan boy's eyes were bigger than his stomach when he inadvertently spent $1,000 on his dad's GrubHub app over the weekend. 😮https://t.co/GRD7mlO8dg— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 1, 2023
Stonehouse explained that he had received an alert about another order that had been flagged for potential fraud, with a total cost of $439 for the pizzas. He commented that this was on top of the thousand dollars worth of food that was already being delivered to his kitchen. Upon further inspection, he and his family realized that his son Mason had used the GrubHub app on his phone to place the orders. Stonehouse then went to talk to Mason about what he had done, and Mason asked if the pepperoni pizzas had arrived yet. The food was then shared with their neighbors and stored as leftovers. After learning about the large amount of money spent on the orders, GrubHub contacted Stonehouse and offered to send him a thousand dollars worth of Grubhub gift cards in order to make up for the unexpected expenses.
Also, El Sur Street Food Co. in Arkansas is receiving a lot of praise for their act of kindness towards a homeless man. According to Ronda Chung's Facebook post, the homeless man went in asking for something small to eat, but the person at the cashier counter offered to pay for the man's full meal instead. They even went the extra mile and gave recommendations for the best dishes, and offered the man a table to eat at, despite the man's initial resistance. The post received a lot of positive attention, and hopefully, the restaurant has seen an increase in business due to the uplifting story. El Sur Street Food Co. is an example of compassion and local love, and their selfless act of kindness serves as a reminder of how simple gestures can make a big difference.