You never know what someone is going through until you take a walk in their shoes. It is extremely important to practice kindness and compassion no matter the situation - and this couple knew how to channel their frustration in the most remarkable of ways. Their date night didn't go as planned, but they sure knew how to make someone else's night a little bit easier by paying it forward.
We live in a high-tech world of instant gratification. It's easy to forget that the people around us in different situations may be going through a difficult time, and it's important to remember to slow down and show some compassion.
Steven and Makenzie Schultz from Iowa have a lot on their plates. They are the parents of twin boys, and they both work full-time, so it is hard for them to find a moment to spend quality time together. They decided to take a well-deserved date night at a local restaurant.
The Kazoku Sushi restaurant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is an upscale place, and when the couple arrived, it was extremely busy. Their date night was off to a bad start, and it was only bound to get worse.
It took the waiter an extremely long time to get to their table, and it was another 40 minutes before they even received their appetisers! Everyone sitting around them was talking about how bad the service was, but the couple noticed something that no one else seemed to realise.
While everyone was mocking the restaurant, Steven and Makenzie Schultz realised that one server was doing everything on his own. He even handled 12 tables and the bar patrons at one point. It was not his fault, and the restaurant's poor service was a matter of being short-staffed.
Steven and Makenzie watched as the server rushed from table to table without a complaint. They were reminded of when they waited tables at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in hopes of a decent tip, and they decided to thank this server for his hard work in the best way they could.
The couple left a $100 tip for a meal that only cost $66.65. They also left him a note stating that they know how he feels. It was a gre at gift of generosity that started with showing some compassion.
The smallest gesture can go a long way, especially when it comes to someone who is doing their very best to keep everyone happy. Pay it forward and see how you can make someone's day!