A Patient Waitress Helped A Man Slice His Breakfast And The Story Instantly Went Viral
In the small La Marque, Texas, a Waffle House waitress started her day believing her shift will be just as it has always been. She saw it just like any other ordinary morning of her busy schedule. But in only a few hours, events will unfold in such a way that would change her life. Read more and let's find out how the story unfolds.
SAME JOB SPECIAL DAY
Locals mainly frequented this Waffle House. Among them was a woman named Laura Wolf, who often stopped by to enjoy a cup of coffee and a friendly chat with the welcoming staff. It was part of her routine at this point. On the day of March 3, 2018, though, it was destined to be different than any other day she'd had her breakfast there.
Laura noticed something amazing unraveling inside that not only caught her attention but caused her to reach out for her phone and start recording a woman in the restaurant. Let's see what she started filming with her phone.
WHY WAS THE WAFFLE HOUSE SO CROWDED THAT DAY?
Before something inspired Laura to start filming a particular waitress, another thing had seemed a little odd to her on this day. Even though the La Marque Waffle House enjoyed a steady flow of customers during her stay there, it was much more crowded than usual. It seemed as if a very large number of the town's 16,000 people were gathered there.
LAURA STARTS FOCUSING ON ONE WAITRESS
As a regular client of this particular Waffle House, Laura Wolf had gotten to become quite close to some of the employees. She knew almost everyone's name. One of the waitresses who was part of the staff in charge of that busy morning was Evoni Williams.
She was a long-time employee of the small restaurant, and everyone knew her as being a serious and professional worker. At the time she was 18 years old, and Evoni dedicated most of her teen years to save up money for college. The job at the Waffle House was helping a lot, but she was still far from her goal.
WHAT DID SHE SEE?
A special customer got Evoni's attention as she served breakfast to a table. She’d seen this person often at the restaurant, and he usually ate there at least once a week. The client in question was a 78-year old man named Adrien. The Waffle House staff was already aware that he was experiencing some health problems, and at the time, he was carrying an oxygen tank with him.
ADRIEN TRIES TO GET EVONI'S ATTENTION
Evoni was moving around non-stop during that day, in order to keep up with the many clients who were present at the Waffle House. She could barely get any time to stop for a break. But Adrien kept trying to get her attention.
She noticed, in the end, Adrien’s efforts, so she walked over to where he was sitting. The elderly man went on whispering to her, so no one else was able to hear what he was saying.
THE PHONE CAMERA CATCHES EVERYTHING
Laura Wolf was sitting in a booth that was placed directly across from where Evoni and Adrien were talking. Laura had the impression that the old man looked a little bit embarrassed as he was talking to Evoni. Sensing that something extraordinary might be taking place, Laura took out her phone and started to record.
WAS HE JUST AN UNSATISFIED CUSTOMER?
In the beginning, Evoni seemed to think that Adrien might have something to comment about the foodservice. Also, after quietly whispering to her, the old man had pushed his plate of food toward her. Evoni took the plate that was loaded up with a nice mix of ham, toast, home fries, and scrambled eggs, and then proceeded to push it right back at him.
THE SECURITY RECORDING
At the same time, with Laura watching the interaction, the camera which was hanging from the ceiling was also filming everything that was taking place inside. The security camera recorded what was happening between Evoni and Adrien from its strategically placed position in the Waffle House.
In a very busy restaurant like Waffle House, security cameras are everywhere, and they are very important to the safety of the customers.
THE BEGINNING OF IT ALL WAS A SIMPLE QUESTION
In the wonderful scene that Laura Wolf had just witnessed and decided to record, it can be seen in the beginning how Adrien tries to flag down the waitress Evoni. The man was too affected by his state of health and was not able anymore to perform some tasks. Laura noticed that he seemed nervous.
The reason, as it turns out, was that he needed assistance cutting his breakfast ham. “I can hold a fork fine and dandy,” Adrien told ABC News. “But to cut it looks like I’m going to stab somebody,” he said. This is what he had asked Evoni for help with cutting his ham.
HELPING SOMEONE IN NEED
Later after the event, Evoni talked about the scene that unfolded inside the Waffle House that morning. “He was like, ‘My hands are not functioning too well,'” she said of Adrien’s conversation. She had to really get close in order to hear him well. “He needed me to cut his food for him, so I did,” she told ABC News.
Evoni took his food, cut the ham, and handed it back to him. This was a part of the routine that a waitress has to go through sometimes with a regular customer, so Evoni didn’t really think much of it.
LAURA TOOK THE DECISION TO POST THE VIDEO PUBLICLY
Laura Wolf was left speechless after she witnessed the heartwarming scene that unfolded before her eyes. She now obtained several good photos of Evoni and Adrien and their interaction involving his breakfast plate. She struggled for a while when it came to what to do with the photo evidence she now had.
And eventually, she posted it to her Facebook account. She simply shared it, without having any clue about how this was about to seriously change Evoni’s life.
LAURA'S FACEBOOK POST WAS BECOMING VERY POPULAR
Laura fell in love with the moment she witnessed and wanted to get the story out. This what she had posted. “I don’t know her name, but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don’t work too good.” Laura continued, “He was also on oxygen and struggling to breathe.
Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham. This may seem small, but to him, I’m sure it was huge. I’m thankful to have seen this kindness at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative.” The post instantly touched many.
It took very little for Laura’s post to go viral. In just a matter of days, the photos gathered around 90,000 likes and close to 50,000 shares. People all over were touched by Evoni’s act of kindness and wanted to share the lovely moment with their own friends and family as well. Adrien got some attention from the post too, he said to ABC News.
“Somebody told me two days later that I was very popular because they saw me on Facebook,” he smiled, and joked that “They got a fancy picture of my suspenders in the back.” It seems like everyone in town now knew about the story.
THE MAYOR OF THE TOWN TOOK NOTICE
The mayor of La Marque, named Bobby Hocking, wanted to meet Evoni as soon as the news got to his office. It was arranged in such a way that the meeting would take place at the Waffle House in question. Evoni’s big day arrived at last, and she was overjoyed as she watched the restaurant getting filled with reporters and cameras everywhere.
This time around, she was aware that she is going to be recorded. The mayor arrived and stood right beside Evoni, and then he announced to the crowd that he was going to declare March 8 as “Evoni ‘Nini’ Williams Day.”
RETURNING A FAVOR
As Evoni’s story continued to spread all over the internet, many people wanted to know more about her. How did this amazing woman end up working at this Waffle House? At this point, people found out that Evoni worked so hard because she wanted to save for going to college.
As a “paying it forward” gesture, some residents of La Marque set up a GoFundMe account in an effort to raise enough tuition money so Evoni could go to the school she wanted.
A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT INVOLVED TO HELP EVONI
The people that began donating to the GoFundMe page kept growing and growing. People from her own town and people from across the country, all donated what they could to the kind-hearted waitress. Word reached all the way to Texas Southern University in Houston, where some staff learned about Evoni and her amazing goal.
And one of the university’s administrators had said: “We wanted to reward Evoni’s act of kindness.” What happened next?
SOMEONE ELSE WANTED TO HONOR EVONI
As Evoni was made aware of the new holiday in her honor during that day at Waffle House, she was overjoyed to see that Adrien and Laura were both there to support her. But someone else was present there that Evoni did not expect to see. The president of Texas Southern University was there as well.
He said that he really wanted to meet Evoni and “let her know that good deeds do not go unnoticed, ” as he mentioned in an interview later. Did he surprise her?
THE BIG SURPRISE
Following the mayor’s presentation of Evoni’s special holiday, the president of Texas Southern University spoke next. He was about to give the amazing woman a well-deserved gift. With a giant check in his hand, the president had announced that the school was awarding Evoni a scholarship worth the incredible amount of $16,000.
Evoni and everyone present burst into tearful joy at the amazing announcement.
WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE
The people who helped start the entire thing were especially happy for the amazing Evoni. Laura Wolf and Adrien were key players in this girl's destiny without even knowing. As she spoke to reporters that day, Laura declared that “It was so busy in here, you know?
And she actually took the time to stop and hear what he had to say instead of walking past him. It just meant something to me,” she said. And Adrien himself had said that the act of kindness meant a lot to him.
JUST A USUAL DAY FOR THE KIND EVONI
Keeping forever humble, Evoni had said that she did what anyone else would do if they met someone that needed help. She managed to not let any of the unbelievable things that happened go to her head. As she said to the local reporters, “I don’t know, it was something I would do any other day.”
But anyone else would agree that Evoni is special, and she is a beautiful example of treating people with humanity and kindness.
Sometimes a small gesture means the world to a human in need. It might be natural or close to nothing, or just part of your routine, but it has the power to brighten the day, or even change the life of someone. In this case, the genuine kindness of this amazing young lady has brought her closer to fulfilling her destiny and achieving even greater things in her future.