Not surprisingly, the 50-millionth Toyota product sold in the US was a Camry, but Toyota had a big surprise in store for Michael Dee, the buyer of said milestone vehicle. Toyota group vice president Bill Fay showed up at Dee's house to not only personally thank him for the purchase, but also completely paid off that brand new Camry, presenting the owner with a clear title.

But that wasn't all. As you can tell from the image above, Fay had one more trick up his sleeve. The group VP brought along a brand new 2013 Toyota RAV4, which was also presented to Dee in appreciation. The best part is that Dee's genuine amazement was all caught on video, which is posted below.
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New York City Police Officer Gets Big Surprise at Family Barbecue
Toyota Pays off Car Loan and Gives SUV to 50 Millionth Customer

LEVITTOWN, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2013-- 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.

While Dee was busy at the grill, Toyota executive Bill Fay snuck into the backyard and presented him the title. Fay then led a flabbergasted Dee to his driveway, where a new 2013 RAV4 waited.

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."


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      R S
      • 1 Year Ago
      Are a all car lovers so negative? Jesus, people just kill \"yourselves\". The guy won two cars and you have to turn it to a negative.
      beanrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Holy negative comments batman!!! The guy won two cars, he's a cop, Toyota just made his and his family's day - Be happy for him. I'd love to get a gift like that. Any negative comment can only mean your jealousy is showing hard. Way to go Toyota/Winner! is it for publicity, sure, but who cares.
      MikeInNC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm glad he won, seems like a nice guy and all that good stuff. But I spotted one of the new RAV4's on the highway Friday and it's really a terrible looking car. The last gen was pretty good I thought but this one is awful. But a free car is a good car so kudos to Mike!
      tool0117
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow, nice gesture. 2 free cars lucky !!!
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @tool0117
        Depends on how much he put down on the Camry!
          PICKLEBOY
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          1 free car with probably around 80% of the camry free... still a lot of money. Plus I'd sell the Rav4 and put that money down on a sports car :D like the FR-S
      ChrisH
      • 1 Year Ago
      That was awesome.
      Titansfan1967
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is pretty cool. I do not blame the dude after buying a new car your mind only thinks about every month of paying payments even though you know you need a car. I would have cried to if GM would come and payoff my car.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      heh, he finally lets go and says "holy god!" at the end, after trying to hold back his emotions
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      so thats the secret...pad ones numbers......all joking aside, awesome!
      Time
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whats up some of the negative comments here especially for a gesture like this to a hard working man?...some people here have a hard time believing that good things can happen to good people..maybe if you weren't so pessimistic your life wouldn't suck so much. I used to be one of those always negative yet still think Im better than you type person...just know that attitude gets you knowhere you life. Maybe its time you stop trolling the internet and venture to a new place for you that is called outside...
      normc32
      • 1 Year Ago
      A 20-year veteran of the police force probably makes $100,000 with overtime/special duty and can't pay cash for a $20,000. Camry? Now he has to pay taxes on another $25,000 car?! Good job Toyota!
        Mike K
        • 1 Year Ago
        @normc32
        You know nothing and you sound like an idiot. NYPD does not make a lot of money. Also, he lives about 10minutes from my house. $100,000/yr is not a lot of money around here. $100,000 means you can live an alright life, you sure as hell are not paying cash for a car.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mike K
          Fresh, why should someone deplete their savings to buy a car, especially when money is quite cheap right now, and NY is one of the most expensive places to live? As a financial guy, I'd slap you if you paid for your new car in cash when you can get loans for 0 or .9%, while your savings can earn more. Always take the free money. Being smart with money means more than saving your money, it's utilizing all the tools at your disposal to maximize your money's power. Also $50K a year is quite literally the poverty line in NY. It really is a very small amount of money. Borrowing is a necessity in some areas of the country.
          Fresh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mike K
          You don't have to be rich to pay cash for a car. $20k should not be an unfathomable amount of money for anyone who has been working for more than 10 years at over $50k/year to pay, even if you have a house and kids. It's called being smart with your money and living within your means.
      Ricardo Agustín Pére
      I would've liked this story a lot more if he hadn't been some fat white cop.
        beanrew
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ricardo Agustín Pére
        "if he hadn't been some fat white cop." This is why the internet can't have nice things, gee whiz get a grip!
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      What Mr. Dee didn't tell them was the reason they were having a barbecue was they just cleaned out the fridge and the bank just foreclosed on the house, he just filed for bankruptcy but that's ok now they will have a place to sleep! Only in America!
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