IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - People are expected to be in a giving mood this holiday season, but a few McDonald's employees never thought the cheer would come their way.
Today was just another day working at McDonald's for department manager Tom Waters, until a customer started asking for names.
"At first I was kinda like, 'OK,what's going on, you know?'" he said.
For some managers, it would be strange when a customer walks in asking for your employees' names -- it usually isn't a good sign. But this time, things were different for employees like Gabi Russell.
"He was like, 'Oh merry Christmas' and handed me an envelope. I opened it up, and it was a hundred dollar bill," said Russell.
Russell said it was a true secret Santa that left her speechless.
"I really didn't know, like, it was a random act of kindness," she said.
An act of kindness that Waters said his employees will treasure.
"They deserve it, you know," he said.
Secret Santa didn't stick around for a thank you, but there were 11 employees on duty, receiving more than $1,000 in total.