Brueggars Bagels on Strickland Road in North Raleigh shift supervisor Shirley Ratliff, left, Monday afternoon, December 22, 2014 hurries to check out the inside of her Christmas present from grateful customers and friends: a 1992 Buick LeSabre automobile (and a full tank of gas) outside the restaurant after she ended her shift work. Ratliff, 47, of Raleigh, had been using buses to get around to her job for the past eight years. About 20 customers got together to buy the $1500 Buick, cleaned up and ready to run, with any donations over the $1500 to be given to Ratliff as well as a thank you for excellent service and friendship over the years.
Brueggars Bagels on Strickland Road in North Raleigh shift supervisor Shirley Ratliff, left, Monday afternoon, December 22, 2014 hurries to check out the inside of her Christmas present from grateful customers and friends: a 1992 Buick LeSabre automobile (and a full tank of gas) outside the restaurant after she ended her shift work. Ratliff, 47, of Raleigh, had been using buses to get around to her job for the past eight years. About 20 customers got together to buy the $1500 Buick, cleaned up and ready to run, with any donations over the $1500 to be given to Ratliff as well as a thank you for excellent service and friendship over the years. hlynch@newsobserver.com
Brueggars Bagels on Strickland Road in North Raleigh shift supervisor Shirley Ratliff, left, Monday afternoon, December 22, 2014 hurries to check out the inside of her Christmas present from grateful customers and friends: a 1992 Buick LeSabre automobile (and a full tank of gas) outside the restaurant after she ended her shift work. Ratliff, 47, of Raleigh, had been using buses to get around to her job for the past eight years. About 20 customers got together to buy the $1500 Buick, cleaned up and ready to run, with any donations over the $1500 to be given to Ratliff as well as a thank you for excellent service and friendship over the years. hlynch@newsobserver.com

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