A TikToker brought a 7-11 cashier a plate of hot food during a long shift.


‘I was hungry too, and I couldn’t get out of here’: TikToker brings 7-Eleven worker home-cooked dinner during his 16-hour shift (updated)

'This is so sweet.'


Tricia Crimmins

Internet Culture

Posted on Dec 14, 2021   Updated on Dec 15, 2021, 2:25 pm CST

In a TikTok posted on Dec.13, TikToker Demi Lee (@demilee64) brings a 7-Eleven cashier a home-cooked meal.

“I told the clerk I would bring him a plate before he got off,” Lee wrote in the video’s overlay text. “He thought I was lying.”

It appears the 7-Eleven was part of a gas station and the TikToker said she initially went over to buy lighter fluid. When Lee brings the cashier, whose name is Charles, the food, he tells her he loves her and that she’s the best. The video has amassed over 3 million views.


In a follow up video, Charles takes Lee’s hand and tells her how good the macaroni and cheese she brought him was and that she made his day.

“I was hungry, too, and I couldn’t get out of here. I had worked 16 hours that day,” Charles tells her. “I couldn’t leave.”

In a text message to the Daily Dot, Lee said that Charles has always been very friendly to her. “When he asked where he could get a plate I knew I had to bring him one back before he got off work,” she told the Daily Dot. “I just really wanted to see him smile that night.” Lee said that she hasn’t seen him since, and that 7-11 has not contacted her.

Commenters on Lee’s video were touched by her actions.

“The littlest things make the biggest effects,” wrote @smokequid. “Coulda made him a lil happy or coulda saved his life.”

“As a gas station worker specifically the night shift, y’all have no idea how much the smallest things mean to us,” commented @ohijordan.

“This is so sweet,” wrote @peelingnailpolish.

The TikToker indicated in the comments that she wanted to bring more home-cooked meals to workers in her area.

The Daily Dot has reached out to 7-Eleven.

This post has been updated with names and a comment from Lee.

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*First Published: Dec 14, 2021, 5:31 pm CST