A customer at a Dallas Applebee’s restaurant left her waiter a $500 tip on a $0.37 bill. A note, written on a napkin explained why.

 

A day earlier, the waiter, 32-year-old Kasey Simmons, was shopping at a local grocery store. In the checkout line, he noticed another shopper, an older woman who was clearly despondent. Other shoppers passed right by her.

Simmons did not.

He spoke to the woman. She didn’t explain why she was sad, but Simmons lifted her spirits and even paid for her groceries.

“It was only $17, but it’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s about showing someone you care.”

The tip at the restaurant came from the woman’s daughter. The note on the napkin described her mother’s anguish as she tried to go about her normal activities on what was the third anniversary of her husband’s death.

“On one of the most depressing days of the year … you made my mother’s day wonderful,” the note said. “You insisted on paying. Told her she is a very beautiful woman. I have not seen this woman smile this much since dad died.”

Simmons’ kindness made a difference, and the daughter wanted to let him know. But she did not let him know the woman’s name. For now, he can only wonder and keep smiling, knowing that his simple act of kindness made a priceless impact.

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