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.
Waitress Evoni Williams worked the morning shift at Waffle House in La Marque, Texas. It was a hectic shift for the 18-year-old woman, but she still found the time to help when an elderly man asked her to help him cut the ham on his plate.
Adrien Charpentier, the elderly gentleman (78-year old man), was also partially disabled. He needed help, and Williams was willing to take time out of her haphazard duties to make sure that he got the help he needed. She didn’t even think twice about helping him. She just thought it was the right thing to do.
Charpentier started talking with Williams. He told her that he had most recently been in the hospital. He was wearing an oxygen mask, and he told Williams that he was losing muscle tone in his hands. He could hold the knife, but it looked like he was “stabbing” the meat–not a great impression in a busy restaurant. He just needed help. That’s why he asked Williams to help him to cut his food. It had just become very difficult for him to do it himself.
Waffle House customer, Laura Wolf, saw Williams cutting the man’s ham, and snapped a photo of the pair. She was impressed by the act of kindness, and she wanted to share the story with her social media followers. It was one of those moments when the whole community responded to applaud the act of selfless kindness, giving back to someone who just needed a helping hand.
Waffle House has actually been bringing people together for a long time, since the restaurant was first founded in 1955. The focus of the restaurant has always to offer the best food combined with outstanding service. The level of service also reinforces the power of how Williams acted, in helping Charpentier with his food. It was a simple act of kindness, but it struck a cord.
Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner founded the first restaurant in Avondale Estates, Georgia; and most of the 2,100 subsequent restaurant locations have been in the South. It’s a cultural icon in the region, which is also why Williams found herself employed by the Waffle House in Texas. The idea behind the restaurant was to offer a delicious food option that was both fast, but also available at all hours. It’s wholesome food, when people need it the most, and that’s just the type of service that Williams offered.
Within seconds of posting that touching photo of Williams helping Charpentier, the post went viral. Everyone involved received so much more attention than they probably could have ever imagined. Thousands of people were touched by the story, but they also responded by giving back to Williams as a thank you for the care that she had shown for Charpentier.
The community learned that Williams was earning a low wage as a waitress. As part of the outpouring of thanks for her kindness, the La Marque community creating a crowdfunding page to request donations to help her with her dream of pursuing a higher education.
The act of kindness received so much attention that even Mayor Bobby Hocking joined in on the thanks and congratulations to Williams. The mayor came to Waffle House for the event, and he also announced that he had named a day after Williams.
The celebratory ceremony was touching and refreshing to those in the community and also to some 400,000 followers who had started following the story across the internet. They also wanted to reward her act of kindness in ways that none of the people initially involved could have imagined. It’s certain that Williams could have never known that she’d receive a college scholarship or other special consideration.
A representative from Texas Southern University handed Williams a check for a $16,000 scholarship. It was part of the outpouring of appreciation from the community, but it was more targeted to Williams and expressed a desire to help her on her road to success.
The Texas Southern University reps discovered that Williams wanted to pursue a degree in Business Management, so the scholarship was really designed to allow her to follow her dreams.
Texas Southern University and the entire community also wanted to make sure that Williams had all the help she needed for signing up for college and determining the best path forward for her future. So, they also set her up with a college guidance counselor.
The City of La Marque (and the mayor) wanted to honor Williams, but also they wanted to help her succeed. It was a way for the mayor to show his dedication to the city’s youth, but also to clearly demonstrate how he planned to help one remarkable young lady to follow her dreams and succeed in college and in life.
The mayor saw her as a symbol of a level of human kindness he wanted to encourage both in the youth and in the community at large. It was really that symbolic feeling that went viral, and it was also why he decided to name the day, March 8th, “Evoni ‘Nini’ Williams Day.”
The outpouring of kindness was a complete surprise to Williams. She told everyone that she would have done the same thing again, even if nobody had ever noticed. Her selflessness points to the kind of person she is, and also indicates how the community appreciates her and wants her to succeed.
Time will tell regarding how the future of that 18-year-old young woman will turn out. That act of kindness, though, is not something that will ever really be forgotten by the community, by Williams, and by the recipient of that kindness: Charpentier. It would be great if we could expect to find that level of service everywhere we go, but that’s just not always possible.
NYPD Solves a High-Profile Turtlenapping
The New York City Police Department makes headlines every day, but it is not every day that the NYPD makes headlines for solving a turtle kidnapping case. But kudos go to the NYPD for solving the disappearance of a beloved resident of Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens, 100-year-old African spurred tortoise, Millennium.
A Century of Millennium at Alley Pond
Millennium could have been a youthful, 11-year-old turtle when the 655-acre Alley Pond Park was acquired by the City of New York in 1929. When Millennium found his, her, or its way to the park, the Alley Pond was the source of water that the town of Flushing used for, well, flushing. Millennium survived the construction of the Long Island Expressway across the park, the creation of a golf course, and the founding of the Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard in Queens in 1972.
Or maybe Millennium wasn’t around for any of those events. Although Millennium undoubtedly weighs about 100 pounds, and is larger than many of the children who come to visit him every day the park is open, the turtle rescuers who found the intrepid animal believe he could be a mere 17 years old or possibly as much as 100 years old. Either way, visitors to the park regularly ask to see him. And that is how they learned he was missing.
A Shocking Tortoise Disappearance
When visitors asked to see Millennium on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, Millennium was nowhere to be found. The attendants had no difficulty locating Millennium’s companion turtle Mini-Me, but even checks of video surveillance cameras showed no sign of the celebrity turtle. We think of tortoises as moving slowly, but actually they can move quickly, blending in with trees and grasses, so the park staff held out hope that Millennium might just be taking a little vacation looking for a different source of grass and grubs. But when there was no trace of Millennium the next day, they had no choice but to call the police. They were afraid they had a Code 597, abuse of an animal.
Millennium Returns from Connecticut
Fortunately, a Connecticut resident with a conscience made the reunion of Millennium with his young fans possible. And helped the police nab the turtlenappers’ accomplice Shawn Waters in the process.
Thirty-seven year old Shawn Waters loves turtles. He kept small turtles and other animals in the apartment he shared with his mother in Queens. On the afternoon of July 18, Waters was approached by two men who had cut a hole in the back of Millennium’s enclosure and absconded with the famous reptile. They made a deal with Waters to sell him the stolen turtle, and Waters started to take Millennium home in a stolen shopping cart. But no sooner did he have Millennium in his clutches than he realized his mother would never let him keep Millennium at home.
Waters hatched a plan to cover up his crime and get a smaller turtle his mother would approve. A man in Stamford, Connecticut had placed an ad on Craigslist to sell his musck turte. Waters struck a deal to swap reptiles and get $300 cash in the process. (Ordinarily, a turtle of Millennium’s 2 foot by 2-1/2 foot size and gentle watermelon-eating habits would have fetched about $2500, according to park officials.) Waters, who does not own a car, took a commuter train with Millennium to Connecticut, where he sealed the deal.
But by this time the police were checking turtle transactions on Craigslist. They located the buyer, who surrendered the turtle, which was returned safely to Alley Pond Park.
Waters was arrested and later sentenced to six months in jail at Rikers Island. His mother reports that he hopes to get his license to work as a security guard back when he gets out of jail.
Strange Sounds Coming From the Walls Reveal a HAUNTING Surprise to New Homeowners!
No matter where you are in the country, every town has a story about that house. You know the one. The house that looms above all, lending urban legends and stories to people in the community. Well, today, we are going to introduce you to a home in Germantown, Tennessee, as well as the mysterious sounds that emanated from its walls. Let’s dig in because this story is going to make you want to check your own walls!
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