Kenneth Harmon became an internet sensation thanks to a heartrending snap of him eating burgers with one of his granddaughters -- after he made dinner for all six of his grandchildren.
Hundreds of thousands of people reacted to Twitter user Kelsey Harmon’s photo of her 80-year-old grandfather, which she captioned: “dinner with papaw tonight... he made 12 burgers for all 6 grandkids and I'm the only one who showed. love him.”
The photo of was shared almost 200 000 times on Twitter, with plenty commenting that they'd love to have supper with Kelsey's Papaw.
And their wish actually came true! Perhaps to atone for his bad behaviour, Papaw's grandson Brock Harmon invited any fans to come and have a burger with his granddad on March 26 at their home in Oklahoma. “Just got done talking to papaw and he wants to invite everyone out for a burger next Saturday," Brock tweeted. But Brock and the rest of the Harmon family may have gotten more than they bargained for when hundreds of people showed up on their doorstep.
Family member Rodney Harmon said he'd met people from all over the US, and even some from abroad who'd come to meet Papaw. “It’s been kinda crazy. We’re just overwhelmed with all the turnout and all the publicity. “There are folks here from Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, California, Germany,” he said.
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The Harmon family ordered 2 000 burgers for attendees while they had to pay $2 (R31) for a burger and $16 (about R247) for ‘I ate a burger with Sad Papaw t-shirts’.
The money raised during the cookout is said to have covered expenses, with the remainder going straight to ‘happy papaw’ himself.
Overjoyed Kenneth seemed totally overwhlemed at all the attention he was getting. “It’s more like a movie than real life,” the grinning granddad said.
Sources: News9.com, KFOR.com, Foxnews.com