12:05 PM

Finding Destiny in the Drive-Thru

An Order for Two Justaburgers Leads to True Love

Cody Smith just had 30 minutes to grab two Justaburgers for a quick lunch, but something about the cute girl working in the Whataburger drive-thru definitely caught his attention. 

"Something just told me to ask for her phone number," Smith said. "I was sure she gave me a fake phone number, so I pulled over in the parking lot and called it right there."

It was the right number, and turns out, Melissa Maese was the right girl. 

"My younger years, I was a mess," Cody said. "But she just stayed by me and gave me hope -- she loved me until I could love myself."

So when it was finally time to propose 15 years later - Cody knew it couldn't be anywhere else but the Whataburger drive-thru. He asked for our help surprising her in the drive-thru, and of course we were happy to go the extra mile.

We decorated a check-back tray, put Cody in a Whataburger uniform, and prepared some extra touches to make sure the day was just perfect. Then, Cody asked Melissa to come pick up food for a picnic, and we got hidden cameras rolling.

This time, Melissa was the one in the drive-thru placing the order for two Justaburgers, thinking she was getting food for a family picnic, with no idea Cody was inside in disguise -- and this was one delivery that was serving up pure love. 



Whataburger has focused on its fresh, made-to-order burgers and friendly customer service since 1950 when Harmon Dobson opened the first Whataburger as a small roadside burger stand in Corpus Christi, Texas. Today, the company is headquartered in San Antonio with more than 900 locations across its 14-state footprint and sales of more than $3 billion annually. Whataburger is a 2022 Top Workplaces winner. The brand has more than 50,000 Family Members (employees) and more than 60 million customers who like to customize their Whataburgers just like they like it. Visit whataburger.com for more information. To apply for Whataburger jobs, visit whataburger.com/careers.