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Lonely veteran sitting by himself at dinner finds comfort in the kindness of a server who wanted to listen

Lonely veteran sitting by himself at dinner finds comfort in the kindness of a server who wanted to listen

Lonely veteran sitting by himself at dinner finds comfort in the kindness of a server who wanted to listen.
Lonely veteran sitting by himself at dinner finds comfort in the kindness of a server who wanted to listen. Credit: Dylan Tetil -Facebook. Source: CBS

Think back, can you recall a time somebody was kind to you?

Now change directions and think back to a time that you were kind to another person – call to mind their reaction and how you responded. No move into your heart and notice the feelings there.

If you go no futher than this point, you should know that kindness affects the user and the experiencer — leaving a lasting impression on both. And that’s exactly what happened between a lonely veteran and a kind server.

The restaurant Eat ‘N Park is famous for their Smiley Cookies, but this weekend, a young server at the Belle Vernon Eat ‘N Park served up a few smiles of his own.

Thousands of people on Facebook have reacted to this young man’s good deed, and remember what we told you above about how good deeds affect the user and experiencer? Well it also affects the reader of good deeds too.

Customers at the Belle Vernon Eat ‘N Park appreciate server Dylan Tetil for his caring and charismatic ways and on Friday night, one customer, in particular, caught his eye and his ear.

“He was very interesting, very kind, very respectful,” Tetil said. “Just one of the nicest people I’ve met in here really.”

Lonely veteran sitting by himself at dinner finds comfort in the kindness of a server who wanted to listen.
Lonely veteran sitting by himself at dinner finds comfort in the kindness of a server who wanted to listen. Credit: Dylan Tetil -Facebook. Source: CBS

A patron in a nearby booth snapped pictures of Dylan and his 91-year-old customer. Tetil kneeled down to take his order because the gentleman has hearing troubles.

The conversation, however, turned into more than what was on the menu.

“I listened to some of his stories,” Tetil recalled. “He was talking about the war, some of the injuries he had, the places he’s been, his family. Tears were just running down his face. You can just tell this man hasn’t had a true, caring person to talk to in a long time.”

The man told Dylan he was lonely and had few people to talk to.

Lonely veteran sitting by himself at dinner finds comfort in the kindness of a server who wanted to listen.
Lonely veteran sitting by himself at dinner finds comfort in the kindness of a server who wanted to listen. Credit: Dylan Tetil -Facebook. Source: CBS

With nearly 100,000 likes on Facebook and over 30,000 shares, people are talking about Dylan’s act of kindness.

“I believe you giving someone five minutes of your day could completely rearrange how they look at life itself honestly. A lot of people might think the youth today isn’t the best and I might have changed their perspective.”

Because if a smile can make one person’s day, a kind gesture can impact thousands who share it.

“That’s how I think the world should operate and the world would be a better place,” Dylan said.

Source CBS Pittsburgh


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