By Kassie Parisi
CLIFTON PARK — When Tom Jeffalone arrived for work Wednesday at Tire Warehouse, he thought he was going to be doing computer work. His day took an unexpected turn when a customer, who had called earlier with a request to have a car’s brakes examined, showed up with a new Jeep Wrangler and handed Jeffalone the keys — to keep.
As it turned out, on Wednesday, Feb. 1, Jeffalone won the huge red jeep as a result of the BFGoodrich Extreme Rewards Program, an incentive program for tire dealers and retailers who build up points to win special merchandise. Those who garner enough points are entered into a nationwide lottery for the grand prize.
Jeffalone, who has worked at Tire Warehouse for nearly 20 years and lives in the town of Hadley, never thought he would win the car.
“I thought I was doing computer training.Then I got a Jeep,” he said.
Tire Warehouse Vice President Brian McCall said he was “ecstatic” for Jeffalone.
“It couldn’t have happened to a finer employee,” he said, adding that he remembered being a young kid and seeing Jeffalone working at the store.
Jeffalone was still stunned at his big win, even as he took the Jeep on a test drive over hills around the back of the store. He said it was everything he had expected it to be.
“It still doesn’t seem like it’s real,” he said. But Jeffalone seems to be more convinced than he let on, since he said he now plans to drive the car every day