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Niagara Co. BBQ joint used tip money for customer who needed AC

Posted at 11:26 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 06:32:01-04

MIDDLEPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — Beverly Coyle might possibly be Parker's Pit BBQ's biggest fan.

“I'll go there on a Thursday. Then I'll go down there on a Saturday and I try to get there on a Sunday,” said Coyle.

“Our customers are not customers, they're more ‘BBQ family,’” said Mark Bruning, the owner of Parker’s Pit.

That family mentality was put to the test, this past week.

Beverly got some BBQ delivered to her home in Middleport on Sunday. When Mark dropped it off, he noticed something was off.

“I just didn't want her to get heat stroke,” said Bruning.

The temperature inside Beverly's home was over 90 degrees. Beverly described it another way.

“Like hell,” she said.

“We couldn't let that happen,” said Bruning.

So, everyone at Parker's Pit took their tip money and bought Beverly a new air-conditioning unit.

“I found my angels,” said Coyle. “Because they showed up when I needed them.”

Beverly believes another night in the heat and she may have died.

“I really appreciate it because if I had to stay in that house, I wouldn't have made it, because my heart kept on flipping,” she added.

Mark attributes his act of kindness to the kindness he received years ago, when he was laid off just days before Christmas.

“A couple days before, a couple people showed up at my place with presents, meals, so on and so forth. And I always told myself, if I can help out, I'm going to,” said Bruning.

He hopes this story inspires someone to give a helping hand to someone like Beverly.