You never know what someone’s going through and it’s all the more reason to be kind whenever you can.
Now, a waitress was going about her work as usual not aware that her kind service had impacted someone in a very positive way.
Hardworking server Megan King began her shift last weekend unaware of the positive effect she would have on one of her customers. At the restaurant where she was working, waitress King noticed an elderly person eating by herself and took a moment to talk to her. After engaging the woman in the conversation for a while, King resumed her daily activities as usual.
But for the elderly woman, it meant so much more. She left a note thanking the waitress for spending time with her. Megan King choked up with emotion on seeing the scribbled note.
“Thank you very much for your kind service. This was my first time eating out alone since my husband passed. I was hoping I could get through it,” read the note.
She then shared two special photos with her Twitter followers in a tweet that has gained more than 600,000 likes, according to Newsweek, simply captioning it: Pain. The first is an image of a note she received in writing along with her tip. The second image is a photograph of King’s response to the note, in which she can be seen crying and smiling.
“This is my real smile because I am very happy and that note did not break my heart at all,“ she wrote.
“She came in about halfway through my 17-hour shift, and it was on Sunday, which is always pretty busy,” King told Newsweek. “About halfway through her meal, it started to slow down so we chatted for a few minutes. Small talk nothing too deep. She told me she was almost 70… and she just wanted to stop by an old favorite for a bite.”
After finishing her meal, the waitress claimed to have observed the woman sitting quietly and seemingly reflecting. Though she questioned whether the elderly woman disliked the food, her instincts told her to go talk to her more. The woman just needed someone to talk to, and she now regrets not spending more time with her. She expressed regret for not accepting the invitation.
“I think that’s what she wanted, looking back… I guess she did, in a way. [She needed] an ear,” said King.
Though she did not check in as often as she wished, the note proves that King’s kindness meant a lot to the new widow. King said that as soon as she read that her husband, she “lost it.”
“I had to use the restroom to get myself together enough to tend to my other tables even though I really didn’t have time to take a rest,” she continued.
Although some Twitter users complained about the woman’s seemingly small tip, King came to her defense. She tipped $3 on an $11 bill, an amount King says was “more than enough.”
“Not everyone can afford to tip well, Old people who live on fixed income deserve to get out for a nice meal,” the waitress declared. Shutting down the criticism, she said, “Big tippers make up for it anyway. I’m serving them. You aren’t. I’m standing by that, thanks.”
“A lot of our customers are older and living on fixed incomes, so they tip what they can. They are always welcome, no matter how much or little they tip,” said King.