Waitress Gets A Confusing Phone Call After Regular Customer Stops Showing Up
There are many reasons why people go out to eat which range from not wanting to do dishes to the desire to try new food. Unfortunately, those who have spent time working as a waiter or a waitress will say that the job is far from easy. One of the most challenging parts of the job is taking care of customers who are grumpy. There was one waitress in particular at a Luby’s restaurant in Texas who was known for her friendly service and her kind demeanor, even in the face of less than polite customers.
Melina Salazar was working as a waitress at a restaurant called Luby’s. Located in Texas, she was known for her smile as well as her service. Furthermore, she also had a reputation for being the only server who was able to adequately take care of one regular.
Walter Swords, who was nicknamed Buck, was a veteran of World War II. He was known at the restaurant for having a short temper. He was always very demanding of the staff. He was picky and cranky, always getting inpatient. His reputation preceded him.
Even though he was known for treating the staff poorly, Melina would always show up with a smile on her face, ready to take his order. She took care of him every day for seven years, always making sure that his food was hot and ready.
She always made sure that his confusing orders were perfect and took the time to ask how he was doing. The rest of the staff was mystified regarding how she remained so happy in the face of such a tough customer. Perhaps she knew something that they didn’t.
There eventually came a day when Walter didn’t show up to Luby’s. He didn’t come in the next day either. Melina was starting to wonder what had happened to him. How could she figure out if something was wrong or not?
Melina started to flip through the local paper, looking for information on him. Eventually, she found it. There it was, his obituary was printed in the paper. Melina was heartbroken. Never again would this customer visit her restaurant. Despite his reputation, she was saddened at the loss of her regular.
Always the professional, Melina went back to her job. She continued to take care of her customers just as she always had. She made sure that she always had the same smile on her face, putting the customer first. But the story was not over.
For years, Melina had worked very hard to make sure that the war veteran was always taken care of, despite how picky he could be. Even though she thought she was just doing her job, Buck noticed her hard work. He noticed her kindness and patience.
As a war veteran, Buck knew the meaning of hard work. He knew how hard Melina had worked during her years taking care of him. Therefore, prior to his passing, he decided to mention Melina in his will. This was a way for him to show his appreciation for his favorite, hardworking waitress.
Eventually, the lawyers for Buck located Melina. They contacted her to let her know that Buck hadn’t just mentioned her in the will. He left her $50,000 along with his car. Melina didn’t know what to say. Buck’s generosity had absolutely overwhelmed her.
Of course, Melina had no idea that her hard work would lead to such generosity; however, she was glad to see that her smile and persistence had been rewarded. Even though her efforts were voluntary, Buck knew that they were worth something more. Her caring nature had been well-rewarded.
Fortunately, Melina’s story is not the only story of impressive generosity. A similar story had been passed around a few years ago. A famous art dealer from New York City went out to eat at a local restaurant and left a couple of workers there a large sum of money.
This one takes place at a steakhouse called Donohue’s, located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. One of the regular patrons traveled a lot for work; however, when he was home, he frequented the steakhouse. He always made sure to tip everyone well, even the busboys and the cooks in the back.
One of the owners, who also doubles as a waitress, is named Maureen Donohue-Peters. She and her niece spent their lives working hard to make Donohue’s a success. Maureen was always excited to see this patron come in and even considered the individual a friend. What made this individual so generous?
Robert Ellsworth is known as an art collector. Even though he was incredibly wealthy, he was also known for being humble and generous. He always asked everyone to call him Bob and made sure that all those around him felt welcome. He never acted like he was better than anyone else and tried to use his wealth for good.
Many people called Robert Ellsworth the King of Ming. He specialized in locating and collecting works of art, including furniture, from the Ming Dynasty in China. His talent for collecting art and designing exhibits made him one of the most well-known art collectors in the world. Even though he traveled all of the world collecting art, he always felt like he was right at home at Donohue’s Steakhouse.
For lunch, Robert would always get the same thing. He would get a grilled cheese with bacon but made it open faced. His dinner meal was also similar, asking for steak prepared his favorite way. He always ordered it with onions and even shared his meal with his puppy, a golden retriever. His generosity knew no bounds.
He was also known to treat others to lunch and dinner regularly as well. In some cases, he would ask his driver or other friends to eat with him. He also tried to make sure that the restaurant staff got to know his dog, a golden retriever. Over the years, those who worked at the restaurant got to know Robert and his dog well. He treated everyone there as a friend.
Unfortunately, Robert Ellsworth passed away in 2015. As he passed, he did not forget about the time he spent at Donohue’s and how well the staff took care of him. He left Maureen and her niece, who also worked at the restaurant, $50,000 each in his will. Maureen was blown away but said she would return it if it would bring Robert back.
Maureen made sure that everyone remembered Robert Ellsworth for his generosity. She was not the only one to benefit from his kindness over the years and those who knew him would agree. It is always heartwarming to see wealthy individuals using their resources to help others, particularly those who work hard to care for them.