Bartenders, for the most part, have just about heard and seen it all. So, I imagine that it’s pretty hard to leave a lasting impression. But one patron at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma, Washington did just that.
According to Buffalo Wild Wings server Brian Avey, a woman came into the restaurant last week for lunch and placed a drink order for two beers — a Blue Moon and a Corona.
“I told her she could only do one beer at a time,” Avey wrote in a Facebook post. “She said the Corona was for her brother who died in Iraq.”
The woman informed Avey that she wouldn’t be drinking the beer and that it would simply be purchased to honor her brother.
She sat and ate her lunch with the Corona next to her beside an empty chair. When Avey gave her the bill he explained that the restaurant would be buying the beer. So, she left a nice little note for him on her receipt.
“Thank you. An act of kindness goes a long way,” the note said. “It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day.”
But even after the woman left, Avey just didn’t have the heart to get rid of the beer. “I just couldn’t dump out a fallen soldiers beer,” he said. “I mean if someone else wanted to do it they could, but I wasn’t going to be the one to do it.”
So with permission from his manager, he placed the beer under some glass and put it on display permanently next to an American flag. He just changes the lime every day.
According to Opposing Views, the amazing gesture quickly went viral, with many praising Avey for honoring the soldier in such a special way.
“An awesome response from strangers, for a hero & the love & respect of a sister for her brother,” one reader commented on Facebook. “Gives a bit more faith in fellow human beings, thank you.”
“That’s so nice , thanks to all,” another wrote.
“This really brings tears to my eyes,” commented another.
Some expressed gratitude towards Avey on his original post.
“This doesnt surprise me,” one reader commented on Avey’s post. “I worked there for about 6 months and was surrounded by some of the greatest people Ive ever met. Proud to know these guys.”
“Brian from a mom that has a son in the U.S. Navy and is deployed at the moment I would like to say thank you for the kindness that you showed that woman…” another wrote. “You are a true AMERICAN.”
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