Waitress serves Grumpy Senior for years. But when he suddenly vanished, she received a shocking call. Life as a waitress is never easy. You come across people with different moods and attitudes. But no matter how how rude they are, waitresses have to keep that smile on their face to serve them well. It is one of the service industries where the worker is neither respected for their work nor paid enough. Still, they have to give their best to maintain their livelihood.
For most of their life, they wait for a handsome tip, but only a few workers are that lucky. If you have ever taken the job of a waitress, you will know that there are customers with very high expectations. However, they don’t know how to be polite. They blame the server for everything that goes wrong, even though it’s not their fault. This story is going to be about a stubborn customer’s interaction with a kind waitress who always had a smile on her face.
Let’s see whether her kindness will be paid off or not. Melina Salazar is a waitress in Louby’s Restaurant and was very proud of her job. For most of her life, she had worked at Luby’s restaurant. Her working job was to take orders from the customer and manage the busy table. Melina is from Brownsville, Texas and lives a simple lifestyle.
Being an honest person, she was always regular at her work and took it very seriously. Everyone there liked her and the people there became a family to her. If you have ever been to Texas, you will know that lubies is a popular place to dine in. With many branches all over the country. This restaurant serves some delicious authentic food.
As this is a chain restaurant, the price there is not too high and that is why the restaurant is always busy with customers. For Melina, working here has always been fun. It is like a second home to her and she never noticed how days passed and changed into years. Melina is very kind and friendly by nature. She always welcomed her visitors politely and tried every possible way to keep them happy.
She always knew that handling tough customers was a part of her job, so instead of complaining, she looked for ways to handle the situation. Melina interacted with many customers every day and the experience was not the same every time. She knew people from the surrounding area and had to deal with a variety of characters daily. While some were friendly, others were a struggle to handle. Just like any other job, she had good and bad days.
She used to encounter some very kind customers, but others were thankless customers who did everything possible to ruin her day. However, one day things changed forever. It was the day she met a former World War veteran, walter Buck. Swords. In the upcoming months, it was going to be tough for Melina as well as her fellow servers.
Walter was 89 years old and was not the kind of person a waitress would enjoy serving. The first time Alina started serving him, she knew that he was special. There was something odd about him. Walter became a regular at lubies, and he always ordered a hearty meal. Unfortunately, he was not the kindest person and would throw a lot of tantrums.
Walter was one of the stricter customers to serve when at the restaurant, he would make consistent demands which were sometimes impossible to follow. He was so rude to the servers that most of the waiters and waitresses refused to attend to him. They used to leave him alone while he was eating, and he would finish his meal in silence. Even though the staff was not ready to serve Walter, he came there every day. Melina used to witness this scenario and never felt good about it.
She could never understand why he came there when he didn’t like the service. Soon it was clear that there was an unspoken agreement between the staff and Walter. He would order his food and eat there while he is there, no one would come near to his table. Even though he was such a tough man, there was one person who was always ready to help him. It was Melina.
Melina knew that she could not leave him alone. There was something that kept them connected. She was the only waitress who would take his order and serve the food whenever he came. Molina would ensure that she did everything to make him happy. His demands were specific, as he wanted the food to be cooked in a certain way.
Melina loved her work and was ready to take that extra step to make the customer comfortable. It is uncommon to meet a server like her, and perhaps Walter got lucky. Even though Walter was very rude to her, she always maintained her patience. Soon she knew how Walter wanted his food. Whenever he came around, Melina would place the order.
She served him piping hot food every time he came in. Still, there was no change in Walter’s behavior. Not only did she worked very hard to get the orders perfect, but Melina was also friendly to Walter and all the other customers. She would always start by saying, how are you doing today? None of her fellow waiters and waitresses could ever understand how she pulled off that happy face.
Even for Walter. She had the happiest expressions ever. Walter always wanted his food very hot. He did not care whether he would burn himself while eating, but the food had to be sizzling. The man was adamant about his wishes, and Melina knew how to achieve them.
Good for him that Melina was always there. Salazar admits that Walter even pressed her trigger button sometimes, but she would never let it show on her face. He would start cursing the server whenever something wrong happened, as all the other servers stayed away from him, it was on Molina to help him. Being in the service industry, she had years of experience handling this type of customer. Even though Walter was always mean to her, she singlehandedly served him for years.
Seven years passed and Melina attended Walter every time with equal patience and kindness. However, one day, Walter did not show up at the restaurant. Melina waited for him day after day, but he did not come. A customer who was so regular in the restaurant suddenly stopped coming. It was a worrying thought for Melina.
It was a routine to serve Walter. She has been doing this for seven years, and every time he stopped by the restaurant, she would interact with him patiently. Melina knew all his moods and demands by now. However, when he stopped coming, molina noticed that the restaurant looked empty without him. Weeks passed and Walter did not show up.
Melina started worrying about him. Where could he have gone? Why did he not show up? Her curiosity bothered her. Weeks passed and Walter did not show up at Luby’s restaurant.
During her serving days, Melina had discovered a few things about Walter and she was sure that he was not someone to wander off, nor did he have any family in the area. So what was it after all? Where did he go? Did something happen? Was he hurt?
Melina did not know what had happened and was waiting for some information about Walter. One day, she was reading a local newspaper where she found an obituary that confirmed Walter’s death. Walter had died and that’s why he was no longer visiting the restaurant. The news stated that Walter had passed away on the afternoon of July 15, 2007. Walter had been a regular customer of Molina for seven years and this news was very saddening for her.
He was never again going to visit the restaurant. Melina was genuinely affected by the death of Walter. The restaurant looked empty without him on the table. However, life had to go on and she could not do anything now. Besides, Melina had to earn herself a living, so she decided to continue her job and kept serving her customers in the restaurant.
Even though she was hurt, she always maintained that smile of hers. After all, she had to pay her bills. However, she did not know what was in store for her ahead. Many months passed by and Melina kept serving at the restaurant. Walter’s death did affect her a lot.
Every time she looked at his table, she thought he would come back, but he never did. Even though going to work at the restaurant was difficult, she was still true to her job. Time passed and after a few months, an unexpected visitor came to visit her. She was in the middle of her shift when someone told her she had a visitor. Melina had no idea who he was and how her life was going to change after this visit.
It was none other than Walter’s lawyer who came to visit Melina. At first, Melina was afraid of what she had to do with Walter’s lawyer. She started asking all sorts of questions. She barely knew what Walter was like. All she ever did was serve him food and treated him nicely.
Walter did not talk much, so there was nothing she could know about him. Why was this person looking for her? The lawyer revealed that Walter had mentioned Melina in his will. He had written that she was one of the few persons who had ever been good to him. Walter visited the restaurant every day to see her happy face.
It was the way she treated him that kept him coming to the restaurant. Being pleased with her services, he decided to gift her something. Melina knew that serving customers prickly needs was a part of her job. After all, they say, the customer is always right. Being a veteran, Walter had been through a lot and somehow Melina knew this.
Kevin wondered why his neighbor Ruth lived and slept in her car, even though she had a home only a few feet away. As friendly as she was, Kevin never saw her go into her house. When Kevin finally did enter her house, he discovered why she never went in. He couldn’t believe leave his eyes. The house was entirely unlivable.
Despite living across the road from Ruth for several years, the pair didn’t actually know each other very well at all. The only thing Kevin really knew about Ruth was that she had retired several years ago and that she lived alone. He had no idea, however, that soon they would have a very unique friendship. Every night, Kevin saw Ruth go to sleep in her car. He couldn’t understand why she would choose to live like this instead of walking a few feet to her home.
Instead, Kevin watched Ruth and realized that he hadn’t seen her going into her house in weeks. Something wasn’t right. Whenever Kevin walked past her car, he would stop and check on Ruth, making sure she was awake. They would have a brief conversation, and soon Kevin started to piece her story together. Kevin felt sad by the fact that Ruth lived and slept in a car.
He knew there had to be a reason for choosing to sleep in her own driveway instead of her home. Kevin could tell that her situation embarrassed Ruth whenever he passed by and looked in her car. However, he couldn’t figure out why she would be in there. She owned her own home and her own car. She retired and everything seemed fine.
She seemed to have a good life. So what was going on? It was easy to see something was wrong when he looked at her house. All the windows had the blinds closed and the house wasn’t in the best state of repair. Everything had been neglected.
The grass was overgrown, the windows were dirty, and even the paint had faded. Kevin wondered if she needed a hand taking care of the house. One of the biggest signs of neglect was the fact that a window at the top of the house was broken and had been for some time. Kevin thought that animals had perhaps moved in, which would scare anyone out of their house. However, Kevin soon found out the real reason why the window was left broken and it broke his heart.
Kevin was walking past her car one day when he heard Ruth crying. He immediately ran to check on her and found her desperately looking through the plastic bags in the back seat of her car. What’s wrong? Kevin asked Ruth. Ruth looked at him and when she spoke, the mystery of her home was solved.
On a normal day, Ruth would walk to the gym and use the bathroom and get cleaned up before getting something to eat from a fast food place. Then she would go back to her car to keep an eye on things and to sleep. Unfortunately, Ruth’s car was in equally bad shape as her house and had broken down and couldn’t run. As Ruth looked over the belongings in her car, she took a mental account of what she had with her. When she made the choice to leave the home she had lived in.
To start living out of her car, she gathered the objects that meant the most to her. But she soon discovered that she left one very important object inside. When Burn saw Ruth searching through her belongings, he wondered if an item had gone missing. Ruth soon made this apparent. She stopped fumbling long enough to point a finger towards her home.
In the house, Ruth said with tears in her eyes. I left it in the house. Ruth seemed afraid to even step foot in her home and away from the safety of her car, which wasn’t even mobile anymore. She then questioned Burns. Maybe you can go inside and get it.
Burns was up for the challenge and to finally find out what he had been wanting to know for months what was in that house that Ruth had to escape from. Kevin took the task on himself and told Ruth that he would venture into the home to find Ruth’s precious belonging. Kevin found out that she was looking for a photo of her parents that she had left inside the house. As Kevin started walking towards the house, the sight of the broken roof tiles on the front lawn made him look up in terror. How long had that roof had a hole in it?
The closer Kevin walked towards the house, the more apparent it became why Ruth decided to turn her back on the home she lived in for so many years. Just a glimpse into the window showed piles and piles of clothes and garbage and papers. And the closer Kevin got to the house, the stronger a displeasing smell became. Kevin opened the front door and had to move immediately as piles of trash fell at his feet. It was as if the door was the only thing keeping all the garage in the house from spilling into the front lawn.
Had he made a huge mistake agreeing to search this home? Ruth told Burns that she was looking for an old photo of her parents. When Burns entered the house, it was immediately apparent to him that the house was unlivable for anyone. There were piles of trash on the floors that made it hard to pass from one room to the next without holding onto the walls, and the large piles of garbage emitted a smell that was hard to bear. Out of the kindness of his heart, Kevin agreed to find Ruth’s lost photo and now desperately wanted to get out of the house.
But his curiosity got the best of him as he walked through the house. Was it possible that he could ever find one single photograph in his mountain of things? Kevin found the worst room of the house when he entered the kitchen. Ruth had left dirty dishes in the sink when she had last left the house weeks ago. That were the source of the smell that filled the house.
Kevin covered his nose as he stepped through the room, suddenly afraid of the quality of the air in the house. Obviously, no one had stepped foot in the house in weeks, but Burns wondered just how long it had been in this condition. It would have taken weeks to search through every item in the home, and Burns was starting to wonder if it was possible to find this photo for Ruth before this house took him down with it. Every room he passed through looked the same because they were all piled to the ceiling with Ruth’s belongings. Living in a car seemed like a much better option than trying to navigate this house.
If Burns expected to find the photo, he needed to start somewhere. So he picked a pile of papers that seemed to be on the older side and started to go through them. He expected his search to take hours if he continued at this rate. After looking through one pile of papers and finding nothing of importance, kevin shoved it to the side and took a glance to his right. There were still dozens of piles of papers, magazines and files that could be hiding the photo he was searching for.
So slowly but surely, he continued his search through the relics. The mess was so old that Burns had to find gloves and a face mask to shield himself from the dust flying into the room as he searched through objects that hadn’t been moved and possibly decades. There was no way that in Ruth’s old age she could have come up with the strength to move the tons of pounds of paper that had been piling up for years. When Burns picked up an old book, he knew he was getting closer to what he was looking for. The book was kept in a box with other sentimental objects, like an old trophy and a frame diploma.
The box had noticeably less dust than most of the other objects in the room. Sure enough, with some more digging, burns found what he had come in to find. But would he be able to make his way out of the house? Luckily, the photo was so important to Ruth, it was one of the few things that was left in immaculate condition. The photo was yellowed and faded, but still in great condition, considering that the rest of the house was so poorly taken care of.
With the photo in hand, burns was ready to leave the house as fast as he had entered. But then he saw an old decrepit bookcase. The bookcase was an odd sight to see. It was pulled slightly to one side, where Burns could see a gaping hole in the wall behind it. He knew he would never have this opportunity again, so he pushed the shelves out of the way further to make his way into the room, and that’s where he would see something he never expected.
It was obvious that this hole was an entryway to a room, but why was it sealed and hidden behind a bookshelf? Was there another entrance to the room that was blocked somewhere else? If this was the main entryway, it would be difficult to crawl into it every time someone needed to get inside. This entryway was filthy, and the cobwebs made it obvious that no one had stepped foot in that room in a very long time. Unlike the rest of the house, the room that Burns had just uncovered was in great condition.
Although the room had low lighting, it was obvious to see the colored photos that lined the walls, seemingly very important to whoever stayed in this room. Last, the room was filled with old toys and clothes, and as Burns looked over the one clean room in the house, he wondered who this room once belonged to that Ruth felt the need to keep it in great condition. But Burns didn’t have much time to wonder, because this room was also where the foul smell was at its worst. In the hallway adjacent to the mystery room, burn saw a disturbing sight. The ceiling had a thick layer of black mold, which is known to be very hazardous to human health and in large amounts can be deadly to be around.
The hallway was so humid that the paint had begun to flake and fall off the walls around him. It was obvious to Burns that this house was not safe to be in without the appropriate gear to protect his respiratory system. When he returned, he did so in a protective suit with appropriate face masks to filter the air he breathed. But this was a job much bigger than for one man. When Burns left the house, he immediately let Ruth know that her home wasn’t safe.