• Michelle Hebert

Fast food employee makes life-changing choice, responds to shooting victim

On Tuesday, April 2, 2018, the day Nasim Aghdam opened fire at YouTube headquarters in Northern California, Michael Finney made a choice that would change his life.

Finney works at a Carl’s Junior, a fast food restaurant, which is right across from the YouTube headquarters that was involved in the shooting. A woman who was shot in her calf walked into the restaurant, and Finney jumped up into action.

Blake Simpson, vice president of public affairs and communications at CKE Restaurants, Inc stated, “we are proud of the quick action taken by Micheal.”

Finney's initial response to the woman coming into the restaurant was to help her. He ran into the office in the restaurant and grabbed a bungee cord that was one foot-long. The bungee cord was used to make a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, USA Today reports.

On the day of the shooting, Finney told USA Today, “All I was trying to do was stay professional, you know I have a job and I represent the store.”

During an interview, Finney mentioned something that would push Amar Amte, a Google computer engineer, to start the GoFundMe: he wants to attend college and “I have an old Honda I bought for $1,000 and it always has a lot of problems but I try and figure out how to fix it. It may take a while. I’m nothing right now but I want to work my way up in life.”

Amte read the articles about Finney, and it pushed him to make the GoFundMe as a thank you. “He showed great presence of mind. I wanted to find something positive out of all of this,” he told KTVU.

As of Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the page has already hit $24,000. This is more than double the original goal of $10,000, according to USA Today. The $24,000 is the max amount for the page, so it is no longer accepting any donations.