Waitress Tears up While Reading a Note from a Widow Eating Alone
After serving an elderly customer, a waitress teared up because of a note that was left behind. The waitress's "kind service" had helped a woman through her first time eating out alone since her husband passed away.
Waitress Megan King never expected that a normal day at work would turn into a viral sensation. But that's what happened after she shared a heartwarming thank you note that was left behind by one of her customers.
When she noticed that an older woman was eating by herself, she decided to spend some time chatting with her even though it was a busy Sunday shift. To King, this was a part of her routine, but it meant everything to the woman.
MOVED TO TEARS
The woman's note told the waitress that this was the first time she was eating out alone. Her husband had recently passed away, and King's "kind service" helped her get through the sitting.
King was moved to tears by this message and consequently decided to share it with the world. Online community members responded with comments of love and praise.
THE POWER OF KINDNESS
The tweet that now has hundreds of comments and thousands of likes spurred many to share about the special power that kindness possesses.
King reminded them that older customers are often "living on fixed incomes, so they tip what they can."
Not only did the young waitress make the older woman's day, but she also showed people that being kind is always a good idea because one never really knows what someone might be facing. One user added that this kindness made her day.
I read the story and was tearing up the whole time. In my classroom, I discuss the power of kindness with my students. How kindness can make someone’s day. Thank you for sharing this. Your kindness truly made her day.— Kristi Burton (@kristiburton12) July 22, 2021
REGRETS NOT CHATTING MORE
King told Newsweek that the woman visited the restaurant in the middle of her busy 17-hour shift. She shared: “About halfway through her meal, it started to slow down, so we chatted for a few minutes. Small talk, nothing too deep."
After reading the note, King had to compose herself in the restroom. She wished she had spent more time talking with the woman. One netizen was also sympathetic toward the elderly woman and hoped the media would track her down.
I wish the news media or someone can track this lady down. Thank you so much for caring for this lady you are so sweet.— Karen McConnell (@cassiejames9900) July 25, 2021
A REAL SMILE
King uploaded a selfie with a tear rolling down her cheek. Despite the watery emotion, she had a big smile spread across her face. King wrote:
"This is my real smile because I am very happy, and that note did not break my heart at all."
While commentators stated that the elderly woman's $3 tip on an $11 check was insufficient, King reminded them that older customers are often "living on fixed incomes, so they tip what they can."
Always better to just be a good person to other people because you just don't know what they're going through. You were an angel to that woman.— John Laxa (@damomoo) July 21, 2021
King reiterated that people are welcome no matter the size of the tip. She certainly gained much more from this elderly woman than simply $3. For her compassion, many netizens applauded King, and one person called her "an angel."
Another shared this sentiment and said that her actions put a smile on their face. This waitress proved that people could make a difference in a big way by simply taking the time to listen and pay attention to those around them.