(April 8, 2016) — A man’s apparent act of kindness at a Denny’s in Utah is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, according to a post that has gone viral on social media.
The staff member thought the request was “very odd,” but coincidentally happened to have a co-worker named Crystal who was a single mother, the post claimed. For the next two hours, the man sat at his booth, not ordering anything, but watching families that came in.
The caption of the photo — allegedly written by the staff member that seated him — read, “7 families came in and ate while you were there and you paid every one of their bills, over $1,000 you paid for people you didn’t even know. I asked, ‘Why did you do that?'”
The man told her, “Family is everything, I’ve lost all mine.”
The caption continued:
“Looking into your eyes while you said that made me tear up (It’s why I walked away so quickly) as soon as I got in the back I broke down in tears because your eyes had so much pain in them.
“I just wanted to let you know, the waitress Crystal that you requested was living in a shelter with her son until she was able to save up enough to get a place. Your bill was $21.34 and you left her a $1,500 tip, because of you she gets her new place next week, because of you 7 families ate for free.”
Crystal told me she prayed the night before for a miracle and God sent you.
You left before any of us could say thank you, I hope you read this because you’re truly an amazing person and you stole the hearts of every one of us here. Thank you.”
The Facebook post has been liked more than 360,000 times and shared more than 160,000 times as of Friday evening.
Denny’s corporate offices would not comment on the viral post.