For 7-Eleven employee Erin Kappen, a surprise was in store when she had a baby. Because Parker John VanWormer weighed 7 pounds and 11 ounces when he was born Oct. 4, Kappen received a check for $711 from Garb-Ko Inc., which operates the Essexville 7-Eleven store where she has worked part-time for 18 months. Saginaw-based Garb-Ko pays the $711 bonus to any employee giving birth to a 7-pound, 11-ounce baby. It operates 90 stores in Michigan, nine in Indiana and eight in Ohio.

"It's not something that happens every day, but through the 26 years that I have been with this company, it has happened several times," Larry Hauck, the company's marketing director, told The Bay City Times for a Tuesday story.

Kappen, 22, of Bay City, said she hoped to use some of the gift money to open a bank account for Parker and pay some bills with the rest.