Brueggars Bagels on Strickland Road in North Raleigh shift supervisor Shirley Ratliff, surrounded by friends and customers, reacts when she gets her first look at her Christmas present Monday afternoon, December 22, 2014 - a 1992 Buick LeSabre automobile (and a full tank of gas) outside the restaurant as her Christmas gift from long time customers and friends. 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, surrounded by friends and customers, reacts when she gets her first look at her Christmas present Monday afternoon, December 22, 2014 - a 1992 Buick LeSabre automobile (and a full tank of gas) outside the restaurant as her Christmas gift from long time customers and friends. 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, surrounded by friends and customers, reacts when she gets her first look at her Christmas present Monday afternoon, December 22, 2014 - a 1992 Buick LeSabre automobile (and a full tank of gas) outside the restaurant as her Christmas gift from long time customers and friends. 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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