Acts of Kindness
Waitress cries when widow eating by herself leaves behind a note about her service
Megan, the waitress, thought the interaction was normal until the woman handed her the note at the end of the meal.
Sasha Alonzo
05.31.22

Life tends to catch us by surprise when we least expect it. Whether it’s an act of kindness, a sweet encounter with a stranger or a sweet gesture from a friend or family member, one thing’s for sure, when these types of moments come around we’re happy they happen.

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A normal day for a waitress

For one waitress, her emotional moment came when she was handed a note at work.

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“She [the customer who left the note] came in about halfway through my 17-hour shift, and it was on Sunday, which is always pretty busy,” said King. “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 has been slowing down a bit. – Newsweek

Megan King was working a shift as a waitress when she noticed a small woman eating alone at the table. Doing her best to service her like she normally would, the interaction seemed somewhat normal until the woman handed Megan a note.

An unexpected note

It was a Sunday evening and the note came with her tip.

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“She said she just wanted to stop by an old favorite for a bite,” King continued.

Megan took two photos. The first was of the note with the tip and the second of her face – she was sobbing! She got the note on Sunday but waited until Tuesday to post it on Twitter. Soon, it went viral.

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First time being alone

The woman who was eating was out alone for her very first time.

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After thinking back to the moment with the woman, it became clear to Megan that something was up. She wished she had asked more.

“In retrospect, I wish I would’ve taken her quiet as an invitation. I think that’s what she wanted, looking back,” said King. “She kept looking up at me so I assumed something wasn’t right with her meal or that she needed something.” – Newsweek

A grieving widow

Her husband had just passed away and she wasn’t used to being alone.

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Losing her husband recently, the woman had gone to her favorite restaurant to get some food. As she sat there, it dawned on her that she was alone and would eat a great many meals by herself in the future.

She had no idea

Megan wished she had done more to talk to the lady, but she didn’t know her circumstances.

We always wish we could do more in retrospect. Still, even with wishing she did more, Megan clearly made an impact on the woman and warmed her heart a bit. As a result, Megan was able to help a woman that she didn’t even know needed it.

The note made headlines

Once the internet saw the note, hearts melted.

One Twitter user said:

i just wanna give whoever wrote this note a hug. (I really don’t wanna admit that this made me cry)

It’s truly a great reminder to treat people gently and with kindness. You never know what they are going through in their lives and your small act of treating them like a human can go a long way in making their day a whole lot better than it was.

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By Sasha Alonzo
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Sasha Alonzo is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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