A server’s simple act of compassion went a long way this week.
Kasey Simmons, who works at a Dallas-area Applebee’s restaurant, was waiting in a grocery store checkout line last Monday when he noticed another patron — an older woman — looking dejected.
So Simmons chatted with the woman. When she reached the register, he even paid for her groceries
“It was only $17, but it’s not about the money. It’s about showing someone you care,” Simmons told a local ABC affiliate.
But Simmons had no idea just how grateful the woman was. The next day, her daughter visited Simmons’ workplace — and left a $500 tip on a $0.37 bill.
In a letter written on a restaurant napkin, the daughter explained that the day at the grocery store was a hard one for her mother: it marked the third anniversary of her husband’s death.
“My mother did not need you to help her, but you made her year,” the daughter wrote.
“You insisted on paying. Told her she is a very beautiful woman. I have not seen this woman smile this much since dad died.”
To clarify: we are not crying; you’re crying.