With the election coming up, tensions are high between some Republicans and Democrats. However, one act of kindness shows that humans can unify – no matter their political beliefs.
Rosalynd Harris is a waitress at Busboys and Poets in Washington D.C. and while she was serving a group of three men back in 2017, she noticed that they were celebrating Donald Trump’s recent inauguration.
Jason White, a dentist from Lubbock, Texas, was one of the men sitting at the table. Harris thought they looked like they were out of town because they were wearing cowboy hats and the “Make America Great Again” trucker hat, and the restaurant is usually visited by a more liberal crowd.
“We started getting looks,” White, 37, told TODAY. “I told my friend, you need to take your hat off. I don’t want people to think we’re coming in here to flaunt our Trump stuff. We’re just coming here to have lunch.”
Despite the obvious ‘sore thumb’ situation happening, Harris approached and served the men just like she would any other customer – with a warm, big smile.
“She started laughing when we said we were from West Texas and she said, ‘I can tell you’re from the South,'” White said. “I said, ‘What’s your favorite thing on the menu?’ She said the avocado panini is delicious, and I love avocado, so I got that… It was a relief for both of us. This was just lunch.”
After the seemingly normal lunch, Harris printed out their check, ran their credit card, and say goodbye to the men. However, when she grabbed the receipt, she was shocked (to say the least) as to what was written.
Not only was Harris floored by the note that was written – White had left her a $450 tip.
The note that accompanied the tip read, “We may come from different cultures, and we may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people, not race, not gender, just American. God bless.”
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Both White nor Harris intended for the receipt to be posted online, it was the work of her employer. However, once it was – it went viral. When Harris spoke with Huffington Post about the incredible surprise, she said:
“The exchange wasn’t about President Trump,” she said. “It was [about] two people who were authentic with each other, who looked past these pre-judged views that could be misconstrued, and who saw each other and had a pleasant exchange.”
As for why White did what he did – he said it was a nod to the President and an example of how he wants people to be treated.
“It’s really our duty to make America great ourselves, not one person, but ourselves,” White told Washington news station WUSA9. “And that’s by respecting and loving one another no matter how much we disagree with them.”
The note has since been widely circulated all over the internet and it is still so very relevant today. In times when servers are receiving no tip at all for the color of their skin or because of their sexual identities.
Harris hopes that this experience between her and someone from a “different walk of life” can show everyone how important it is to be kind to one another.
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