Loud chatters and clacking of the utensils echoed through the whole establishment. A regular customer named Laura Wolf let herself soak in the morning ambient noises of the bistro. She found it quite relaxing to just sit down alone and observe the people over her cup of coffee. However, today was quite different as her observant eyes would witness something peculiar behind the breakfast counter.
Laura’s eyes darted to the young waitress who was acting suspiciously as she went over to the elderly customer. The waitress cautiously checked her surroundings and proceeded to the plate of the old man. Good thing, Laura was quick to take out her phone and hit the record button. A small smile played on Laura’s lips. She just caught her.
Evoni Williams was an 18-year-old waitress in the Waffle House at La Marque, Texas. Regular customers already knew her since she had been working at the restaurant for years. Evoni started hustling at a very young age because she had one particular goal—her college funds. But there were days when she felt like she was just grasping at straws. Just like this day when Evoni tried to do something uncommon to an elderly customer. Yet she didn’t know that someone was already filming her.
Mornings in the Waffle House were usually packed with customers craving for a good full set of breakfast. That was why Evoni perceived it as the most critical time. Although she was already used in the fast-paced work, the orders during the morning were endless. Laura walked inside the bustling restaurant and sat on her usual spot. She started her day by ordering her favorite set and watched people do their own thing. But her eyes landed on Adrien Chapentier, a distinguished elder in their town.
Adrien called for Evoni’s attention and asked to come over. Evoni went to the old man and leaned down so she could hear his words. Suddenly, the cook started yelling at the waitress, but Laura saw how Evoni just blatantly ignored the cook. Her full focus was given to the old man. Laura furrowed her eyebrows as the two kept exchanging a discourse in a whispered tone. Suspicious on their private conversation, Laura scooped closer.
But there was something more that caught Laura’s eyes. Adrien was sitting in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank. She also noticed his difficulties in breathing. When the waitress leaned her ears, she gasped at the elder’s last words. The chef didn’t stop calling for her, but Evoni didn’t mind him at all. Instead, the waitress’s expression transitioned into a stoned face.
Caught in the Act
The waitress also ignored the other customers. Laura was confused about what did the old man told Evoni for her to act that way. So she kept observing until the Evoni unexpectedly went in front of Adrien and pulled his plate towards her direction. Laura found her hands over her mouth because it was the first time she saw a waitress made a pretty bold move to a customer. Evoni glanced sideways as if she was making sure that no one was watching. But to her dismay, Laura already documented everything through her phone.
Laura had the evidence on her hands. She knew that the photos and videos she just took would become viral once she posted it on the internet. Although Laura couldn’t see the whole act, she instantly figured out that Evoni was about to finish because of how quickly she moved her elbows. The waitress had no idea that soon, the whole world would know what she had done.
Adrien, on the other hand, looked so helpless as he watched Evoni in action. His lips parted slightly when the waitress pushed back the plate to him because she was through. Evoni then gave a triumphant smile to the elder, and he slowly picked up his fork again.
This time Laura was able to catch what the elder spoke to the waitress—no wonder why Evoni suddenly brimmed with tears. Laura didn’t miss to record the moment and took the best angle she could. After a few fumbling on her gadget, Laura clicked the ‘share’ button. She knew that her job was done, so Laura stood up and asked for her tab. But she paused when her phone’s notification sound started to chime in.
It was beyond Evoni’s knowledge that she was now being talked on the internet. However, it wasn’t just Laura’s camera that caught her; there was also a CCTV camera that was pointing towards them. Evoni snapped out when the kitchen staff shouted the orders on hold. So she had to run to the counter and worked everything she just left. Adrian waited for Evoni to finish. In his wheelchair, the elder went to the waitress with his head down low. He mumbled, “My hands don’t work too good…” and apologized to the inconveniences he caused.
A Real-Life Angel
Laura heard every single word that the Adrien uttered to Evoni. She was the core witness when the waitress made a kind gesture and prioritized the elder more than anyone else. Adrien was too weak to hold his spoon and fork, but Evoni was there to lend him a hand. She cut his foods precisely into strips and made sure he had no trouble in chewing the food. Evoni’s act of compassion made Laura admire her so much that she wanted to tell everyone her wonderful deed.
On Laura’s facebook, she posted the photos and videos with a description, “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 post immediately earned 99,000 likes and 47,000 shares! Laura received a lot of good feedback regarding Evoni’s action. And the people had more in store for Evoni.
The Mayor of La Marque, Bobby Hocking, was one of the people who saw Laura’s post. He thought that Evoni deserved a bigger recognition more than just attention from social media so he made a surprise visit to the Waffle House. Evoni thought it was a regular day until their mayor entered the establishment and was looking for her. When he spotted the waitress, he gave out a big smile and handed Evoni a paper that made her hands tremble.
It was a check with a massive amount of $16,000 printed on it. But there was more! The check was from Texas State University, and it awarded her a scholarship for her college! Evoni burst out in tears in front of everyone. She couldn’t believe that everything she was working hard for was granted in an instant. Evoni stated that she only did what she thought was right and she wasn’t expecting anything in return.
Act of Kindness
Everyone in the restaurant was so happy for Evoni, especially her manager. He was proud of what her waitress had done and received a recognition she deserved. Adrien, or was popularly known as the “Mr. Karaoke” in their town, claimed that Evoni’s small gesture means the world to him. Since his health was already deteriorating, he cannot hold things properly. Then Evoni just came at the right time and offered him support.
Evoni explained the whole story where the elder called for her. The waitress happily responded, “Sure! If you need help, that’s what I am here for,” Evoni also revealed that she knew that the cook was calling her the whole time, but she chose to ignore him because Adrien needed her more.
Adrien wouldn’t stop expressing how grateful he was towards Evoni. “It means a lot. I need help and the waitresses issue it to me,” He added. But Evoni was still in the moment of disbelief from the amount of engagement Laura’s post had. It even reached the mayor in their town!
“Somebody tagged me and it immediately touched my heart… It’s so wonderful that the younger generation cares about the older generation,” Bobby Hocking, the Mayor of La Marque, stated in the interview. The waitress’s act of kindness moved him so much that he wanted to give Evoni an honor in the most incredible way.
A Special Day For Her
The mayor declared that every March 8 in their town was “Evoni Williams Day.” Evoni was at a loss for words when she heard their mayor’s statement. Shock registered on her face as she envisioned how surreal it was to have an entire day dedicated to her.
The administrator in Texas Southern University spoke, “We wanted to reward Evoni’s act of kindness and let her know that good deeds do not go unnoticed,” She also described that Evoni embodies the ideal character of the student they wanted in their university.