LEVITTOWN, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine a stranger wearing a suit strolling into your backyard during a family barbecue. He's carrying balloons, the title to your car and the keys to another car. Sound too good to be true? That's exactly what happened to NYPD veteran Michael Dee.
Dee became Toyota's 50 millionth customer when he bought a Camry earlier this year from Millennium Toyota in Hempstead, NY. To celebrate the milestone sale, the company worked with his family to surprise him during a family barbecue in Levittown, N.Y.
Dee, who will soon celebrate his 20th year of service with the NYPD, was speechless... at first. "I don't know what say!" he exclaimed. "This is phenomenal. I can't explain how much this means to my family and how grateful we are to Toyota! The whole 'thank you' thing just doesn't seem to cut it. It's a day I'll never forget."
"We're so grateful to our customers in the U.S. on helping us achieve such a huge milestone for our company," said Fay, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division. "To be able to thank our 50 millionth customer in person – one of New York City's finest, no less - was also a great honor to me personally. By the way, the barbecue was great."
Please visit this link to see a video of the surprise presentation of the gifts from Toyota.
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Video with caption: "Toyota Pays off Car Loan and Gives SUV to 50 Millionth Customer". Video available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9VGNOmSkyI&feature=youtu.be
Image with caption: "Bill Fay, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division, surprises Michael Dee -- Toyota's 50 millionth customer -- with a brand new RAV4 and paid off car loans". Image available at: Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130829/MM71358-a
Image with caption: "Toyota's 50 millionth customer and NYPD vet Michael Dee stands beside his brand-new 2013 RAV4". Image available at: Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130829/MM71358-b
SOURCE Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.