There are many incidents in the news on a daily basis, mainly bad because that’s what people want to hear. But every now and then a story comes along that encourages us and makes us remember what really matters.
A woman walked into a restaurant and ordered some lunch, along with two beers. The server told her she could only order one beer at a time, but when she told him the reason for the second beer he let her have it. This was the beginning of a very meaningful experience for both of them.
Brian Avey, a server at Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma, Washington, told a single customer that she couldn’t have two beers at a time. But the woman told him the second beer was not for her; it was for her brother who died in Iraq.
“It just sat next [to] her at an empty seat her entire Lunch,” Avey said in an account of the incident on Facebook. “When I brought her bill I told her Buffalo Wild Wings will be buying that beer.”
His gesture touched the unnamed woman, and she penned a note for Avey on the back of her bill. “Thank you,” she wrote. “An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day.”
Even when the woman left, Avey remained touched. “…I didn’t have the heart to dump the beer out and throw it away, so I put it on top of the cooler next [to] the American Flag.”
Avey’s boss agreed that they should keep the beer as a tribute to the soldier for whom it was purchased. And so the bottle of Corona remains there, it’s lime changed daily, in honor of the fallen.
What a simple gesture, and it has gone such a long way. What do you think?