From Huff Po:
A patron at an upstate New York restaurant left his server a generous tip -- and also offered his two cents in the form of a life lesson.
A diner who was celebrating his birthday at The Ginger Man in Albany, N.Y., last week tipped server Michael Shafts $1,000, along with the message, "Pay it forward. My birthday present to me!" ABC News reported. The tip was 10 times the amount of the entire bill.
And pay it forward he did. Shafts shared his gratuity with all the staff members who had worked that night.
The gift had come as a complete surprise. Shafts had just finished serving a couple celebrating the husband's 47th birthday when, on her way out, the woman stopped to talk to him. She told Shafts that her husband had done something very nice for him, according to Times Union.
"I shook his hand, I hugged him twice, and I said it was too much, twice," Shafts told the outlet. "He insisted, twice, that he wanted to do it, that it was legitimate."
The couple had dined at the restaurant before, but were not regulars. Shafts had never been their waiter before receiving the incredible tip.
"It was surreal. I was shaking." he told ABC. "I couldn't feel my legs."
Julie Byron, The Ginger Man's manager, told ABC that Shafts divvied up more than half of the money.
"When he returned to work on Saturday night, he had envelopes of money for all of the staff, both front-of-house and back-of-house that had been working with him on Wednesday night," she told the news outlet.
She said Shafts is a very hardworking person and that the decision to share the reward was not out of character for her employee.
"He’s honestly a great guy and it couldn’t have happened to a better person."
From Huff Po:
Michael Sulsona of Staten Island, New York, has not led an easy life. The former Marine lost both of his legs in the Vietnam War when he was 20 years old, according to WABC. Sulsona has since used a wheelchair.
Last Monday, his wheelchair broke in a Lowe's store in Staten Island, and he found himself in a desperate situation. In a letter to Staten Island Advance, Sulsona wrote that three compassionate employees, David, Marcus, and Souleyman, sprung into action and placed him in a separate chair while they worked on repairing the wheelchair.
"The actions of these three employees at Lowe's showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate," the veteran wrote.
Sulsona left the store filled with gratitude, and with a wheelchair that he says was "like new." The veteran was especially moved by the employees' actions, as he says he had been waiting for two years for a new wheelchair to be issued from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and that the agency told him that he is not eligible for a spare wheelchair.
However, after his experience at Lowe's attracted national attention, Buzzfeed reported that the VA delivered a custom wheelchair to Sulsona on Tuesday.
"We were very sorry to hear about the reported circumstances surrounding Mr. Sulsona’s request for a new wheelchair," a VA spokesperson told the outlet. "We quickly investigated and can report the veteran’s new custom wheelchair was delivered to him today and it along with his back up will be serviced by the VA as needed."
While Sulsona is grateful for his new chair which he described as "incredible," he prefers to focus on the Lowe's employees who helped him.
"This whole story is based around three good guys," Sulsona told the Staten Island Advance. "I think it's really important that we all be like these people who wanted to help me; things would be so much easier."
From Huff Po:
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Faced with potentially hungry — and grumpy — passengers, a Frontier Airlines pilot treated them to pizza when storms diverted a Denver-bound flight to Cheyenne, where the plane was stuck for a couple of hours.
Cheyenne Domino's Pizza manager Andrew Ritchie told The Associated Press that he got a call about 10 p.m. Monday just as he was about to send employees home. Ritchie said pilot Gerhard Bradner told him he needed to feed 160 people — fast.
"I put my hand over the phone and I said: 'Guys, you're coming back,'" Ritchie said, recalling what he told his employees.
In all, Ritchie said his crew made about 35 pizzas and delivered them to the airport, where the driver handed the food off to flight attendants. One of the passengers sent KUSA-TV a picture of flight attendants handing out pizza boxes.
That number of pizzas is usually what his store handles in an entire hour, Ritchie said. This time, they needed to make them and deliver them in about 30 minutes, he said.
But that didn't deter his co-workers, Ritchie said.
"Actually, they were super excited. They had a blast. It was a challenge," he said. "It was definitely one of those 'challenge accepted' moments in time."
Tyri Squyres, Frontier's vice president of marketing, said the airline's pilots have bought pizza or drinks for passengers before and have celebrated a child's first flight with a tour.
KUSA-TV reported that the flight to Denver International Airport, which originated in Washington, D.C., left Cheyenne about 10:30 p.m., shortly after the pizzas arrived.
The flight was one of dozens that were delayed Monday evening because of heavy rain across Colorado.
Kudos to Karin Atkins who notice something was not right and decided to get invovled. If she had just looked the other way, something tragic could have happened! Way to go Karin!From ABC7PHOENIX (KABC) --
An Arizona clerk is being called a hero after spotting a baby who was the subject of an Amber Alert out of Huntington Beach.
The baby was taken by her grandmother, 57-year-old Carolyn Ferguson, who is now in custody.
It happened at a gas station west of Phoenix Wednesday night. Karin Atkins says she just had a gut feeling when she watched Ferguson feed baby Laylani Mosley from a bottle filled with cappuccino mixed with strawberry milk. A mechanic had dropped Ferguson off after her car broke down.
Atkins offered to hold the baby and noticed she was wearing huge diapers. She says Ferguson was disoriented and eventually told her she had taken the baby from her crib while her parents were sleeping. The clerk, a mother herself, immediately called police.
"It's a mom thing. If it wasn't her baby, it would kill me if I let her walk out that door and know later on that it wasn't hers and I could've done something at that moment," Atkins said.
Ferguson, who has a history of mental illness, will be extradited back to California. Laylani is fine and will be returned to her parents.
From ABC7:PLATTEVILLE, WISCONSIN--
When his fast food restaurant burned down, owner Bruce Kroll did the unexpected. He kept paying his employees.
Instead of telling his workers to find another job, he paid them out of his own pocket, a move that cost him $144,000.
The owner of the Wisconsin Culver's fast food chain for 19 years said it was the right thing to do.
"It is just a building, and Culver's Platteville is much more than that. It is the people," Kroll said.
Kroll asked only one thing of his employees: Volunteer time to the community.
The employees set up a fundraiser in honor of the local fire department and raised over $2,000.
The restaurant reopened June 16th. Ironically, that same day, it narrowly escaped a tornado that swept into town.
From Viral Virla Videos:
The pranksters of Simple Pickup recently held an online fundraiser, but for an unknown reason, the money was returned. The bros knew they had to do something special with all the money, so they decided to tip fast food workers. And not just a small tip, but a $100 tip!
Naturally, the minimum wage workers were simply shocked by the charitable act and even hesitated taking the cash.