I have been waiting for my order to arrive at a diner this evening, when a person around 60’s came in. His walk was slow, the way he talks was not understandable, and he obviously put an effort to keep his balance. He ordered some food at the counter, but then the person at the counter said “no money, no food”.
I did not understand the situation well, but the man sat on a table and the person at the counter repeated his words, with an elevated voice. Because of the difficulty in speaking and keeping his balance, I thought maybe the man was drunk at first. Only later I thought maybe he had medical conditions.
Anyways, he started talking to a couple at the next table – they also had trouble understanding what he was saying, but after a couple of minutes, the couple said “okay, I will buy you a meal”. The man asked for the food left out in their plates and started eating them. My heart sank…
The couple paid for the man’s meal and left. I found a chance to thank them while they were leaving.
At that point, the person at the counter had changed and the new waitress started to argue with the man that his meal was paid.. That is all she kept saying; after a while, I intervened saying that he did not get his meal….. The waitress was apologetic and brought the man meal immediately.
I do not know what was happening with the man and I hope it is not a serious medical condition. But, the random act of kindness by the couple was very inspiring. They have done really well; feeding someone in need is a great act. I hope this couple will get help themselves from others when they least expect it.