Watch: Dr Pepper Surprises Student With Giant Soda Fountain of Her Dreams

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When Kansas State communications major, Claire Daniels joked about wanting a Dr Pepper fountain on social media, she never in her wildest dreams believed it could become a reality.

Last December, Daniels expressed her dismay on Twitter about how much she was spending drinking her favorite soft drink. 

NBC news affiliate, KSNT reports that the marketing team of Dr. Pepper kept an eye on Daniels after she tweeted and decided it would be fun to surprise the college student with the soda fountain of her dreams.

“We were really inspired by her love of the brand and wanted to have a fun twist on what exactly that means for her,” Dr Pepper associate brand manager Lynsey Loomer told college paper, The Collegian.

Loomer said she and her team presumed Daniels wanted a restaurant-type soda fountain, but thought it would be more fun to make a real giant fountain — you know, like the ones you see in the malls. However, the Kansas State student reveals she had no specific kind of fountain in mind.

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“I honestly don’t know what I was picturing,” Daniels told the paper. “It was just kind of like a joke-y kind of tweet.”

Dr Pepper officials surprised Daniels at her home in Manhattan, Kansas on Thursday with a rust-colored fountain that holds around five gallons of the beloved beverage.

But other than a ceremonial sip on Thursday night, the company is now strongly discouraging her from drinking out of it for safety reasons — because you know, birds.

To make up for that minor inconvenience, Dr Pepper bestowed 1,200 cans upon Daniels of the sugary soda.

Daniels is still in shock over the giant soda fountain.

“It’s really crazy,” she told the paper. “I am still kind of in awe ... I think it’s awesome. I’m really excited. It’s kind of crazy to think one tweet could make this happen.”

The fountain remains in front of her college house, but a Dr Pepper spokesperson said the company will promise to move it to wherever she wants next. 

[H/T Facebook / Dr Pepper]


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