A man stopped by his favorite Waffle House already knowing what he wanted to eat. The only problem was that he suffered from a disease. This made it difficult for him to eat. Luckily, a kind waitress was working that day and helped him with his food. She had no idea a customer was taking pictures of the entire thing. Soon enough, the story went viral online.
Catching Her Red-handed
The whole thing happened during the bust breakfast service. A customer caught the waitress red-handed, but what should she do in this case? She thought about it and then pulled out her phone to get it on camera.
An Unbelievable Sight
One customer at the restaurant, Laura, was sitting there as everything unfolded right in front of her. She was people-watching while drinking her coffee when she noticed a moment that made her choke up.
Laura Wolf was a regular customer at this particular Waffle House. She had a feeling about a waitress working there. Sure enough, one morning, she saw the young woman do something to the food of an elderly customer.
Laura was dumbfounded to see the waitress look around carefully before she did what she did. She really couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Was the waitress really doing that? Laura was speechless.
Meet Evoni Williams
It turns out the waitress was 18-year-old Evoni Williams. She worked at the Waffle House in La Marque, Texas. She’d been working there for several years. She was working really hard and was trying to save up money for college.
Didn’t Know People Were Watching
Naturally, there were times when the job was more difficult than usual, but she had no clue someone was taking pictures of what she was doing. All she was doing was her job. She didn’t realize anyone was watching.
Hustle And Bustle
That morning was a busy one at the restaurant. The Waffle House was full of diners hurrying to grab a quick and delicious breakfast before heading out to wherever they needed to go. Evoni just went about things, as usual, taking care of customers.
Struggling To Keep Up
She was struggling to get to all her customers at a good speed and get everyone their orders, but she was doing her very best. Despite she could handle it at first, she started struggling more as the rush continued.
The Older Man
While Laura was looking around mindlessly, her interest was immediately piqued by an older man seated alone at the breakfast counter. She didn’t recognize him. She had no idea he was Adrien Charpentier.
Who Is He?
Adrien Charpentier had somewhat of a reputation among the service crew in their town. Laura didn’t even know they had a nickname for this man. She just watched him say something to the waitress.
A Private Exchange
Right at that moment, the cook called for the young waitress. Evoni had been listening so closely to the man speak that she ignored her coworker. There must have been something going one, but Evoni didn’t seem to care.
Focused On The Conversation
Despite the fact that there was some trouble happening in the restaurant, Evoni and Adrien were continuing their private conversation. Laura was intrigued as to what these two could be whispering about. What could it possibly be?
A Life-Changing Conversation
At that moment, Laura noticed that the elderly man was hooked up to an oxygen tank. He seemed to have trouble breathing on his own. Evoni came closer just as he told her something that ended up changing her whole life.
She Needed To Help
She seemed completely oblivious to the fact that the chef was calling out for her. The look she had on her face was very telling. Evoni had to do something, but she didn’t know if she was even allowed to.
As she ignored the rest of the hungry customers trying to get her attention and order breakfast, Evoni had a determined look on her face. In one fluid motion, she pulled the plate of ham Adrien was in the middle of eating away from him.
Couldn’t Believe Her Eyes
Laura nearly fell out of her chair when she saw what Evoni was doing to Adrien’s food. This was the first time she’d ever seen a waiter or a waitress act this way. She knew exactly what she needed to do next.
What exactly did Adrien tell Evoni when they were talking? There wasn’t anything Laura could do but guess from the waitress’s reaction. As she was working, she had her face down and her eyes kept darting across the room. Was someone watching her? Laura was somewhat nervous when she pulled out her smartphone, but she couldn’t let this go.
Had To Document It
Laura couldn’t tell if anyone was watching Evoni, but she whipped out her smartphone in any case. She didn’t want to let this slide so easily. She’d never seen anything similar to this in public, let alone in a busy restaurant!
Snapping The Photos
First, Laura made sure the flash on her phone was turned off. Then, she recorded all the evidence she would need next. The pictures ended up going viral quickly, making Evoni as well as Laura’s Facebook page famous.
She Noticed What Was Happening
Despite the fact that the view was slightly obscured, Laura noticed the waitress’s elbows had been moving up and down the entire time. Everyone would soon find out what the young Waffle House server just did.
The old man was just sitting there as he looked around helplessly. He was watching the young waitress in anticipation. As Evoni pushed the plate back in his direction, his breathing became quicker. Finally, she was done.
Let The Waterfall Begin
Even though Laura couldn’t see his face at all, she noticed him smiling before picking up his fork. It was at that moment that Laura heard Adrien say something to the waitress that made her tear up.
Letting Them Know
Laura chose the clearest picture she got and started creating the post for her Facebook page. She hit the ‘share’ button as soon as she was done. She had just asked for her bill when her phone started buzzing furiously.
Someone Was Watching
Before she could even walk out of her morning shift at the restaurant, Evoni became famous. She couldn’t undo what she just did. Evoni had absolutely no clue someone was watching her so closely that whole time.
Evoni didn’t know anyone was watching her at all, let alone so intently. This is why she naturally had to do this. While the kitchen staff yelled about the food on the pass, the waitress was busy finishing what she started. Of course, the CCTV caught everything on tape. When asked about it, Adrien said, “My hands don’t work too good…”
A Helping Hand
Somehow, Laura was able to hear Adrien talk to the server and tell her these heartbreaking words. Evoni simply smiled at him before cutting up his food for him. When she was done, she continued helping all the other customers.
Her Helping Hand
Laura couldn’t believe how kind and thoughtful the server was. She felt like she had to get some photos and put them up online. What did people on the internet think about this? As you might have expected, people were fawning over this story.
On The Internet
Laura didn’t know where to start from when she began writing her post, so she wrote this: “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 act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative.”
The Power Of The Web
Just a couple of days after it was posted, Laura’s post gained 99,000 likes and 47,000 shares. Clearly, the internet is a very powerful place. While it can be used for negative things at times, this story is one of those times where it was used for good.
Making Mom Proud
Evoni’s mother was extremely proud of her and the good deed she did to help the older man out with his food. She was one proud mama, that’s for sure. While we can guess the support of the community was great, her mom’s happiness meant so much more to Evoni.
The story became so known that the post reached plenty of people who wouldn’t have heard about this otherwise. Mostly, people agreed that Evoni deserved to be recognized for the amazing thing she did.
A Deserving Young Lady
Everyone in Evoni’s city agreed that she deserved some kind of awards for her own act of kindness. Let’s be honest, everyone who heard about the story felt this way! And so, the city decided to do something special for the extra special teenager.
A Visit From The Mayor
One day while working, Mayor Bobby Hocking decided to drop by the Waffle House. No one knew what was the reason for his sudden visit. As everyone knows, a mayor is a very busy person overall, so it must have been important.
No one was able to get a glimpse of what Mayor Hocking was hiding behind his back. It turns out he had a big check in hand for Evoni! She couldn’t believe this was really happening. How was she able to get so lucky? How did he know about her story?
Who Sent The Money?
Almost immediately, Evoni couldn’t help but wonder where all that money came from. Was it from the mayor himself? Or maybe from the Waffle House corporation? As it turns out, neither of those were true, so who was it?
The check was made out to Evoni and was for $16,000 from none other than Texas State University! It was essentially a scholarship that would make it possible for her to finally go to class. Her dream of University was finally within reach.
Overcome With Emotion
When anyone asked her, Evoni said she only helped Adrien since she felt it was the right thing to do. She didn’t do it to get famous or anything like that. After she got her check, she started crying. She was so overcome with emotion that she would finally get the education she wanted!
Always Be Kind
For a lot of people Evoni’s age, making ends meet is a serious struggle when it comes to finances. Especially when it comes to paying for college. This story has a warm place in many people’s hearts since it reminded them that no matter what’s going on, it’s never too hard to be nice to others.
Naturally, Evoni’s manager was ecstatic about this turn of events. He was so glad his employee got exposure for not only being a great waitress, but also an amazing person. He knew Evoni was truly one of a kind.
Evoni grew up surrounded by family and friends. She grew up with plenty of good values. This is definitely the reason she went out of her way to help a customer who was in need. We have a feeling this experience will follow her for the rest of her life.
Small Things Go A Long Way
Even though it was a small gesture that didn’t mean all that much to Evoni, it meant everything to Adrien Charpentier. Truth be told, he had been struggling with the recent deterioration of his health. What Evoni did for him was huge.
Also known as “Mr. Karaoke”, Adrien told her how he had been spending a lot of time in and out of the hospital over the past few weeks. When talking to ABC, he explained, “It started with pneumonia”.
A Daily Struggle
This didn’t even occur to Evoni. The only reason she helped this man was that he needed it. She had no idea he was also struggling with his health the way he was. From the outside, she said he looked healthy to her.
Struggling With Eating
When asked, Adrien said jokingly, “I can hold a fork fine and dandy — but to cut it looks like I’m going to stab somebody.” He suffered from muscle weakness in his hands, which made it hard for him to cut up the food he was eating.
More Than Willing
Evoni was asked about the encounter. All she said was, “I was just like, ‘Sure! If you need help, that’s what I am here for.’ My cook was calling my name to pick up food I had on the board, but I continued to cut his ham.”
Easy To Say Yes
When asked about what happened, Evoni said, “It’s just something I would do for anybody”. There’s no doubt in our minds that Adrien was more than happy she helped him out. Something that’s so simple for most people meant so much to him.
Above And Beyond
Just like Evoni helped Adrien with his food, she also does a lot to help her siblings at home. Oftentimes, she takes initiative even when her mom doesn’t ask her to. It’s no surprise then that she’s such a great employee who always goes the extra mile for her customers.
Later on, Adrien was being interviewed as well. He said, “It means a lot. I need help and the waitresses issue it to me”. Naturally, social media couldn’t get enough of this touching story. A young waitress helping her elderly customer seemed to be the story everyone loved.
Both Evoni and Laura were so surprised that the post got the attention of the Mayor of La Marque himself! He’s a very important man, and yet, he got wind of the story. Not to mention, he was very moved by the story.
As he was being interviewed, the Mayor of La Marque had plenty to say about the story, “Somebody tagged me and it immediately. It just touched my heart… It’s so wonderful that the younger generation cares about the older generation.”
Not Only That
He added, “There is a lot of love in La Marque, Texas, and we intend to perpetuate that.” To make sure this young woman got enough recognition, the Mayor made sure to do something else as well.
A Grander Way
Despite the fact that it was such a small gesture, what Evoni did truly touched the heart of Mayor Bobby Hocking. In fact, he was so touched that he felt he had to honor her in a rather grand way. Did she get a raise? Or maybe he gave her even more money?
Her Own Day
The Mayor then announced that from then on, every March 8 would be dubbed Evoni Williams day! He dedicated an entire day just to Evoni. This is even more proof of just how impressed he was by Evoni and her actions.
Liked By Her Peers
Mundarius Wright, the Waffle House manager, said, “Evoni always has a smile on her face”. He mentioned that her kind nature is what they try to instill in all their Waffle House workers. He went on and said, “We treat customers like family.”
We’re sure no one expected the Mayor to do anything similar to what he did. Evoni couldn’t contain herself. “It is awesome… I feel excited and happy,” she gushed. We can’t even imagine how she feels, but we’re so happy for her.
Chasing Her Dreams
Melinda Spaulding, Texas Southern University administrator, explained, “We wanted to reward Evoni’s act of kindness and let her know that good deeds do not go unnoticed”. Good on the college for being as generous as they are!
She Proved Herself
She continued, saying, “She has the character of the type of students we want at Texas Southern University.” So, meet the newest member of TSU! Evoni Williams definitely proved herself not only to her new school but to her coworkers and the entire community as a whole.
She Deserves It
Let’s all hope this kind and helpful waitress can now fulfill her dream of studying and opening a hair salon and restaurant of her own! Clearly she deserves it, don’t you think? We think she definitely earned it.
People Just Like Herself
We’re sure Evoni’s new businesses will be full of kind and caring people just like she is. And with her excellent work ethic and character, we have no doubt these businesses will go a long way. She definitely knows how to take care of her customers and make their day.
You Never Know
If this story teaches us anything, it’s how even the smallest acts of kindness can go such a long way for other people. You can never really know whose life you’re changing by helping them just a little bit.
Keep Your Eyes Open
Who knows what can happen next. When you go out for a meal at your local Waffle House next time, or any other restaurant for that matter, pay closer attention to what’s going on. You can never know whose life you could turn around.
Sky’s The Limit
All we can do now is hope Evoni is thoroughly enjoying her college and all the experiences it has to offer. Of course, we hope she continues doing kind things for others. With hard work and dedication, there really are no limits for Evoni.
We wish Evoni nothing but success and happiness. Hopefully, this act of kindness has done great things in her life. And to think, she didn’t even know anyone was watching! A kind deed can go a very long way.
Let’s hope this example will help inspire others to follow in Evoni’s footsteps. You might feel like you’re doing something small, but you can’t know how much of an impact it had on the person you helped. Remember: be kind and treat others the way you want to be treated.