Tim Hortons baby gets Timbits for life

The baby born in the bathroom of a Tim Hortons in Windsor, Ont., will receive Timbits for life.
Shireen Anderson feeds her newborn daughter Auzuria on Tuesday. (CBC News)

The baby born in the bathroom of a Tim Hortons in Windsor, Ont., will receive Timbits for life.

"If little Azauria ever had a craving for a Timbit, she can have all the Timbits she wants," company spokesperson David Morelli told CBC News.

Shireen Anderson suddenly gave birth to her second daughter Tuesday, a week before her due date. Anderson pulled up to the coffee shop at 275 Tecumseh Rd. W. when she started having contractions.

After refusing a chair from a manager, she went into the washroom and went into labour.

Store manager Aaron Hayes and fellow employee Judy Glen, with the help of a 911 operator, delivered the baby for Anderson, who nicknamed her daughter Timbit.

"We’ve never had that happen before," Morelli said. "We don’t have this in the employee handbook."

He called the employees "outstanding."

"I don’t know how to describe it. It really was a blessing to have that staff there. They acted not only in a professional but a compassionate manner," Morelli said. "As beautiful as it is, it’s still a medical procedure."

On Tuesday, Tim Hortons sent Anderson gift baskets and little Azauria a teddy bear.

"We’ll look to do something more," Morelli said.

He said Tim Hortons officials plan to meet with Hayes and discuss details further when he’s available next week.

Hayes had to leave Windsor immediately after the birth Tuesday to take part in training in the GTA, where he was immediately recognized and heralded by his coworkers.

On the West Coast, B.C. Ferries has a "Born on Board" program, which entitles a person born on one of their ferries to free passenger travel. Vehicles are excluded. Passengers are given a card that is valid for life.

"Did Tim Horton's give them free six-pack of Timbits for life?" asked Darin Guenette, B.C. Ferries manager of public affairs.

There have been 24 babies born on ferries since the program started in 1960. A majority have been born on the company’s northern route, which is a 15-hour voyage.