The Iberia “Birthday Team” hit the gas pumps at 7-Eleven on 600 Bald Eagle Drive on Wednesday giving 30 motorists a special gift.
Led by Keith Dameron, vice president-manager at Marco’s Iberia branch, each motorist received their first $12.50 for gas as a gift as Iberia Bank celebrates its 125th anniversary through today (Friday).
Dameron, Laura Burgo, assistant manager and Yvette Saco, senior vice president-retail manager, washed car windshields and pumped gas for a total of $375. They also issued registration cards for a chance to win a new iPad at the bank today.
Danielle Webb-Baldwin squealed as she was told about the gift as it too was her birthday on Wednesday.
“What a nice treat,” she said.
Lynn Knudsen said she was stunned at first and didn’t get out of her car.
“I was mesmerized at first,” she said. “I think this is amazing.”
When Dameron asked to clean her windshield, she said, with a smile, “please, help yourself.”
Beth Zinner had just come from a Marco Newcomers Club luncheon and was planning on surprising her husband by getting gas for her car. She got so excited she left after receiving the free gas which amounted to around three gallons.
When Ron Cozzolino came to the pump he said he had been concerned about paying at least another 5 cents per gallon with the way prices have been rising quickly.
This is unbelievable, it is really something special with gas being the biggest issue today,” he said.
Claire Pi enjoyed her Iberia fan, while her husband John finished putting gas into his car after receiving the Iberia gift.
Elizabeth Conder, 7-Eleven owner said, “I am absolutely thrilled. I am blow away by the generosity of Iberia Bank.”
She, too welcomed customers and took pictures as people received their gas.
The way it worked was that Dameron and Saco had credit cards set up to allow $12.50 for gas each time. The the customer would use their own credit card, or pay by cash, if they wanted more.
Brandi Wesson summed it up, saying “What a lovely random act of kindness. It is very sweet of them.”