For years, this lady had gone to the same restaurant every week. Every day, she made it a point to order the daily special, and it was the highlight of her day. This man, on the other hand, ejected her from the restaurant one day. He quickly regretted his actions…
He was taken aback when he discovered who this elderly lady was.
This 88-year-old patronized the same eatery on a daily basis. She arrived on her own all the time and ate the daily special every day. It was a much-anticipated trip for her… She knew everyone on the staff, and they all chatted with her while she ate. But she was acting suspiciously the previous time she was in the restaurant.
She was nervous during dinner and didn’t want to interact with the employees as she usually did. When the staff noticed the woman wasn’t feeling well, they inquired as to what was wrong. They decided not to go after the woman for the money she owed them. She was, after all, a regular visitor, and the payment could be made later.
For the past 30 years, the woman had been a regular at their restaurant sitting at the same table by the window, at the same time, every time. Everyone on staff knew who she was. Bea hadn’t always visited the restaurant alone. Bea arrived with her husband at first. Because of the high quality of the cuisine, her husband adored the modest and inexpensive restaurant.
Bea and her husband dined there for the first time in the restaurant’s first week of operation. She also frequented the restaurant with her family. Her 30-year wedding anniversary was also celebrated at the restaurant, which was booked out exclusively for her. They dined on great food and danced all evening. However, Bea’s life was not always this festive…
The love of her life passed suddenly less than a year ago, after a brief illness. Bea was unable to cope and found being alone quite tough. For weeks, the elderly lady wailed. She was alone and had no one with whom to converse. There was no one to cuddle with.
Family and friends watched as the once happy woman became increasingly depressed.
She was no longer in the mood for anything. She had lost her desire to live. Then assistance arrived from an unexpected source. A letter arrived one day under her door… The staff at the restaurant where she worked every week wrote the letter. Because they hadn’t seen her in a while, they recognized her and offered her a free supper.
Her upbeat and upbeat presence at the restaurant has been missed by the staff. Bea had to make a difficult decision. It would be her first trip on her own. She had never gone to a restaurant by herself before. But she had no choice! She needed to try to pull herself out of the abyss of despair she was in. And she was certain that seeing the restaurant employees would help her…
Bea’s life had changed dramatically in the last three months, but the restaurant remained the same as it had always been. She recognized the smells and heard the same noises coming from the kitchen. It was as if the widow had returned home. Her table was set aside for her, and she took a seat in her comfortable chair.
Tears welled up in her eyes as she gazed out the window. She reflected, “Here I am.” But then the restaurant’s owner sat down with her. He desired to remain in her presence. He assured her, “We’ve known each other for over 30 years, so we won’t let you down!”t had been a fantastic evening for Bea. For a brief period, she forgot about her loss as she interacted with the personnel. They assisted her throughout the evening in the hopes of seeing Bea again soon.
Bea’s spirits were lifted for the first time since her husband’s death, slowly but steadily. Everyone could see her reverting to the pleasant woman she had always been. As Bea felt everything getting better, something happened at the restaurant. A new floor manager had been appointed, which had created a minor adjustment to the restaurant’s dynamics.
And the man in question didn’t care about his employees’ well-being. Among the staff, he heard Bea’s name. And he didn’t see the friendly, regular client whom everyone adored in this situation. On the bulletin board, he noticed the receipt. A receipt adorned with hearts and encouraging comments from the staff.
Regardless, there’s a receipt for a bill that hasn’t been paid! With receipt in hand, he stormed over to Bea and began sternly speaking to her. “This restaurant is for paying customers only. I don’t care how nice everyone thinks you are. You did not pay your bill, so I’m going to have to ask you to leave the restaurant. We are not a charity.”
Bea sat motionless, saying nothing. She took a piece of paper from her handbag and scribbled something on it while she gazed at the man. She stuffed it into the black wallet on the table and walked away without saying anything…Robin was in charge of clearing the woman’s table. He placed the cutlery on the plates and began to discard the napkin.
He did, however, notice the black pocketbook that Bea had left behind under the napkin. Is this the payment for the bill? Maybe she just left the money on the table and walked away? Robin took the wallet and opened it, curious. However, there was no cash inside.
All that was left was a note that would impact the lives of all of the restaurant’s employees.
Robin ripped the note from the black folder and cried out. What had he just read? A sheet of paper in the folder had a touching statement on one side: To the restaurant staff, I have enjoyed coming to this restaurant for over 30 years. I have seen everything in the restaurant change: I have seen the staff come and go, the menu has changed dozens of times, but I have always stayed.
I have had very good times here, but even in bad times, you have always been a support to me. Now that I am old and sick, I would like to thank you very much for leaving me with a nice amount of money. She added a note to the back of the check: That new floor manager will not see a cent of my money though.
And I will also call the restaurant owner to give him a piece of my mind about that awful man. Robin turned over the check and saw the amount…The waiter couldn’t believe it. The check was made out for 550 that was especially for the staff. He gave it to the owner who was heartbroken because he had known Bea for 30 years and he realized he wouldn’t see her again. He was content with the money,
but he preferred Bea to be happy and healthy, eating and chatting with him, because loved ones are more valuable than all the money in the world. After a brief phone conversation with Bea, the floor manager was fired on the spot. Bea was correct; such a man had no place at the restaurant which she had called home for the past 30 years…