Last weekend I took my miniman to Denny’s to eat Breakfast. It was a mad house. I had to wait to find a place to park. Long line inside but space at the bar. So instead of waiting on a table we just decided to eat at the counter and low and behold we could see in the kitchen and watch the cooking staff, not to mention the interaction with them, the waitstaff and the manager on duty. I’m going to call her Judy, because I didn’t ever get her name!
So, back to my story. Did I mention yet it was a mad house?? Because OMG it was nuts in there. Pretty quick we got our drinks and placed our order. Waitress, Patricia, was super friendly. I figured it was going to be forever til we got food and we settled in to watch the cooks.
Holy. Shit. I have NEVER in my life seen 3 men cook as fast as they did. And they NEVER slowed down. Not once. Only time I saw them pause was when a waitress/waiter needed them to do something. They were immediately on it and then back to the orders. Ticket after ticket they closed.
It was incredible. Kid you not I was freaking in awe. And the waitstaff? They all helped each other. Cleaning tables, taking appetizers and orders out to other peoples’ tables. Fixing issues. And Judy? She wasn’t just standing off to the side and delegating. Hell to the no. She was in the thick of all of it doing everything she could to help her people and get customers taken care of.
Now let me add in the fact I’d been sick with Strep for almost two weeks, working 11hr days at my real job. Exhaustion doesn’t do justice to how I felt that morning. But these people were just awesome AND they saved me from having to cook or clean up for breakfast.
Our food was awesome. Perfect timing on everything. And Judy’s still running around like crazy.
We got finished, I paid, was about to leave but Judy needed to know how awesome they were all doing. So I waited for her to walk back behind the hostess stand, and then I asked to speak with her. She kind of deflated, but said “Absolutely, how can I help you?” On that kind of day, one extra person shoveling shit onto your plate is the worst. So I told her everything I typed above. They were all doing amazing. What a great crew she had working for her and she herself was one of the best restaurant managers I’d ever seen. Keep up the good work and she absolutely gained me as a repeat customer.
OMG you’d think I’d handed her a million dollars. She was so excited and told me I made her day and thanked me for taking the time to tell her. I heard her passing the news to two other people as I was walking out. Paying it forward to a complete stranger who needed a pick me up and a pat on the back made me feel awesome. We need more of THIS in the world to balance out the rest of the meh going around right now.
Speaking of paying it forward — I have a HUGE bag of conference swag to give away! Print books, a bag, bookmarks, pens, buttons and maybe a few naughty somethings throw in to make your heart go pitter pat!! How do you enter to win? Easy!
Just comment below and let me know something you’ve done for a perfect stranger that made their day and yours!! I’ll let my miniman pick a random winner tomorrow. Good luck!!
Need something to wet your whistle while you wait to see if you won goodies??
May I suggest a delicious bite out of the Members Only series…….. 😛
The books in the Members Only Series can be found here…
Together In Cyn
A Very Ménage Christmas
Roman’s To-Do List
Beneath the Pages
Violet’s Shadow in Romancing the Wolf Anthology
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When I go to the store I ask someof the older ladies in my building if they need anything and get it for firstname.lastname@example.org.
I paid for the next in line at the drive thru at lunch the other day.
I always buy coffee for the cars behind me at dunkin donuts…just another good morning pick me up smile!!!
It’s so funny you would post this..yesterday the hubby and I were in line at BK and as we were leaving we saw this car parked really crazily to the side so we pull up and it’s this lady her husband and son and their 2 dogs their car needs a jump and their hungry and their phones are dead and they need to contact family that lives in another state so I pull out our jumper cables and hubby runs into BK and I pass over my phone well 15 minutes later Kim, Jason, baby Tyler, Max and Penny are on their way to Louisiana…It was a good day
My aunt lived in a seniors only building and after I helped her get her groceries in and unpacked them I headed out to my car to go home. There were two elderly ladies in the parking lot struggling to take a box out of the car. I went over and helped them lift the box onto a two wheeler and then took it into their apartment and unloaded it. They were thrilled with the help.
My hubby and I were at a Cracker Barrel once for dinner around Christmas time and a young girl was in front of us buying a small candle and a candy. She didn’t have enough for the candle so I paid for the rest. She was so shocked that I did that she gave me a hug and said thanks so much and that the candle was a gift for her mom. It was a great feeling.
help strangers with their luggage at the airport
OMG I cannot even tell you how awesome it was to come read all of these this morning. I got misty!
You guys totally made me smile!!
I give to the children’s home and animal shelter here in town I always give stuff weather I still want it or not if you like it I’ve got it you want it its yours but I think the best thing that happened to me was last year I seen this mother in Kmart she had ranging for about ten yes down to like 5mths old 6kids I could tell she was trying not to loose it in front of all of us in the store so I started talking to her I said if you don’t mind they have slip and slides on sale here for 5$ would you mind if I bought 2 for your kids that way they will tire out and go to sleep good tonight she said oh yes thank you they been wanting one but I just couldn’t get it right now she was grateful for those toys to the point the kids came up and thanked me and gave me a hug lol it made my day
Don’t know if it made her day or not but………….
Yesterday I was at my favorite salon getting a pedicure (I just love pedicures) and there was a soldier in uniform, beautiful, African-American girl, getting a manicure. So, the customer sitting next to me, who I had known forever, and I decided to pay for her manicure. She asked us not to, but we insisted and the most beautiful smile broke out and she was so grateful.
In my opinion, we can’t do enough or say thank you enough for the men and women who keep us safe each and every single day. It was only a small thing, but we could tell it really touched her heart. 😛
I left money at the restaurant that I go to for breakfast after I exercise and told them to give a cup of coffee to the next veteran or older person who came into the place.
I also make it a point to thank any veteran for their service which usually makes their day!
I used to work in a very stressful insurance office and it seemed like their was a catastrophe everyday and in my unit,which was the top unit everyone was constantly stressed.So every Monday for 3 months I would sneak into work early and would leave a small bouquet of flowers on somebodies desk with a note that I can’t remember exactly what it said but something about appreciating the hard work and to pass on the kindness to someone they thought was doing a great job.Every monday people would walk around to see who got the flowers that day and as stupid as it sounds people actually looked forward to monday mornings just to see who got the flowers and what kind they were,after about 6 weeks there was a noticeable lessening of stress,people thought about other people’s feelings more instead of snapping at them.I finally got caught one day and everyone thanked me and for a few weeks the tension in our unit was so much lower and people helped others and it was great.Sadly human nature being what it is after about 2 or 3 months when I stopped secretly delivering the flowers things went back to what they were and it made me wish that I had never been found out it made me wonder how long I could have kept it going.But it was wonderful while it lasted.Every year at Christmas my daughter and I pick one of her friends whose family is poorer than we are and we get a small present for everyone in the family and wrap it and then leave it on thier doorstep on December 24th,we’ve been doing it for years and I sometimes think it makes her and me feel better than the people we surprise and we never tell that we did it because we don’t want thanks,we just want to do something kind for no other reason than to make them feel good if only for a while!!!
I believe in paying it forward. I can’t tell you how many times we have paid for the taxi to take someone home from the E.R. Lately I have made it my business to make sure I smile and tell people to have a nice day. You would be very surprised to know that these people brighten up and seem to appreciate it. It seems to brighten their day!!! 🙂
I keep a running gift card for all our men and women in uniform at one of our local coffee places. The guys and gals working there love telling them “it’s on the house!”. I’ve received cards from paramedics and firemen telling me how much they appreciated the free coffee after they had a really difficult shift. No one knows who I am so they label the card “To the coffee lady!” Love it and love them! 😀
I helped a lady pick up all of her oranges when the bag broke. Oranges rolling everywhere. It was rather funny. She saw the funny side too.
At the coffee shop I get my coffee from, there is this homeless man that I have seen several times. The first time I saw him, he was short of money and I offered to pay for his water and a sandwich. He was so greatful. Since then, if I see him around, i grab him something to eat and drink and give it to him.
P.s. I hope this is open internationally
You guys delight me!!
I got misty again on this round of stories!
So happy to get to talk to so many wonderful people that take the time for someone else. So awesome!
I took my neighbor to her appointment after she found out her car would not go. She really appreciated that. I would have if my old car was on the blink!
I’m going to pick a couple winners now!!
Shirley Long and Sharon Chalk you’re my winners!!!!!!!!
Loved both of your stories and they were both personal to me!
Amazing ladies need goodies!
So pretty please email me your snail mail addresses to jenn @ jenniferkacey.com (just remove the spaces) and I’ll put some awesome bags together for each of you!!
Thanks to everyone who commented!!