Rosalynd Harris is a waitress at Washington’s Busboys & Poets. After the Women’s March on Washington as well as the inauguration of President Donald Trump she served hundreds and hundreds of hungry customers.
She went back to work on the following Monday, expecting the usual rush with a couple more customers. After all, she had just experienced the most intense weekend workload ever.
Three men dressed in fancy cowboy hats walked in and sat at one of Rosalynd’s tables.
“I could tell they were from the south because they had their cowboy hats on, and I was like ‘Oh, you’re not from the city,” Rosalynd said.
After speaking with the gentlemen, Rosalynd learned that the three men were Republicans from West Texas. They were in town for President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Rosalynd was surprised by their visit to the restaurant since Busboys & Poets has a more “liberal, Democratic kind of feel.”
Rosalynd remained professional, and her positive attitude was generously rewarded. As Rosalynd cleaned off the men’s table, she saw a message written on the receipt.
“We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share this smile and kindness like your beautiful smile our country will come together as one people. Not race. Not gender. Just American. God Bless,” the message read.
The kindness from this stranger was shocking on it’s own, but the message was accompanied by a $450 tip. The total bill was just $70, and the tip was six times the cost of the meal. Rosalynd’s source of income is from her long days and nights at Busboys & Poets. In less than an hour, three men changed Rosalynd’s life! All because she was willing to smile and be pleasant with them.
“Never judge a book by its cover and always be open with people to experience something miraculous like that. We may have different opinions and disagree on different issues, but the fact that he still looked at me as an equal and someone of value, it said something, like ok, not all hope is lost,” Rosalynd explained.
The mystery tipper was Jason White. He was so genuine that he did not even mention it to his friends that ate with him that day.
“We have to think about being better Americans, we have to look into ourselves and how we treat one another. If everyone did a little something to show respect, we can love one another,” Jason stated.
Jason decided to make Rosalynd’s night by showing her how much her kindness is appreciated and noticed. This is a beautiful example of how we can unite to try and make America a better place for all of us.
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