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Sweet Old Lady Started Crying after Waiter Brought Her Bill

Junie Sihlangu
Nov 27, 2023
09:40 A.M.

A server helped an older woman find a quiet place to dine and walked away. But moments later, she saw her inconsolably burst into tears after seeing the bill.

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Redditor littleaprilroses was used to hosting different guests at the eatery where she worked. But one customer caught her attention. She was busy covering a host shift when a sweet-looking older woman walked in, looking puzzled.

The Reddit user tried seating the woman in the main dining area, but she wanted to switch to somewhere quieter where she could talk to her son, whom she said she was meeting there. The waiter looked around, but all the booths were already taken.

A waitress smiling as she takes down an order. | Source: Pexels

A waitress smiling as she takes down an order. | Source: Pexels

Almost an hour later, one booth opened up. The original poster (OP) politely seated the woman and walked away to attend to the other guests. She later noticed something wasn’t right about her. She explained:

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“I noticed about 30 minutes later that her son still wasn’t there. Another 30 minutes pass, and she’s still sitting alone.”

The woman looked restless as she poked her food while checking her phone constantly. Even the guests who arrived later left early, but the woman stuck to her seat, looking disturbed.

An older woman sitting by herself | Sources: Unsplash

An older woman sitting by herself | Sources: Unsplash

Moments later, the server heard another waiter talk to the manager about the customer at table 11. She realized it was the older woman’s table and curiously asked her colleague what happened. She detailed:

“Her son never showed up or called to cancel, and on top of that, he was supposed to be the one paying.”

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An older woman lifting her eyeglasses as she wipes her eyes with a napkin | Source: Unsplash

An older woman lifting her eyeglasses as she wipes her eyes with a napkin | Source: Unsplash

The older woman had started crying and strangely said a black cloud hung over her after seeing the bill. The manager immediately walked over to her table. She looked helpless and lost. Everyone felt terrible, and the manager told her it was okay if she left without paying for the food. OP added:

“She apologized several times and promised to return tomorrow to pay for her food.”

An older woman fiddling with her cell phone | Source: Pexels

An older woman fiddling with her cell phone | Source: Pexels

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As she left, the server heard the woman leave a message on her son’s voicemail. She sounded anxious, asking if he was okay. The woman wasn’t mad at him for not showing up.

How Did Reddit Users Respond to the Server's Story?

When OP narrated the story on social media, people debated if the woman would return to pay her debt. Some Reddit users suggested the older woman had faked everything to walk home with free food. However, Redditor 20InMyHead strongly dismissed such claims, saying:

“Seems unlikely a con would wait 45 minutes for a quiet table. And not coming back to pay the next day could mean she really was depending on her son to pay, as she can’t afford it.”

An older woman sitting an reading a newspaper while having a meal | Source: Unsplash

An older woman sitting an reading a newspaper while having a meal | Source: Unsplash

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The person added that the restaurant staff could be a little compassionate and that they’d know if she was a con or not if she returned the next day.

Following his update, some users got emotional and said they’d immediately reach out to their mother.

User LaMalintzin shared a similar experience with an elderly mother and her son who regularly met for lunch on Wednesdays. “One Wednesday, she came in and waited for him. She finally called him, and he had to remind her that he’d had an appointment that day and they had canceled their normal lunch plan,” the person explained.

Redditor 2068857539 shared a similar story about an older woman who had dementia and waited for her late husband and late son to show up. She had symptoms including memory loss, confusion, and difficulties with concentration.

An elderly woman wearing a red jacket and walking with a cane at a park  | Source: Pixabay

An elderly woman wearing a red jacket and walking with a cane at a park | Source: Pixabay

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This made OP wonder if the older woman she met had similar challenges, so she reached out to her manager for an update. “She did indeed return to pay for her bill and even explained why he never showed that night,” she explained.

OP said that the woman had forgotten about their lunch schedule and accidentally mixed up the dates. Following this update, some users got emotional and said they’d immediately reach out to their mother.

Redditor zompreacher posted a comment, saying: “Oh my god, my heart! It’s breaking! I just can’t stop imagining this as my mother... I’m going to call her now.” The OP said she felt the same.

If you enjoyed reading this story, you might like this touching story about a great-grandfather with dementia reuniting with his great-granddaughter at a nursing home.

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