Being Kicked Out
The 88-year-old Mary Johnson adored eating at this neighborhood eatery. She always chose a location with a view because she preferred to eat at the booth by the window.
She usually ordered the special of the day and enjoyed her meal alone. It was her favorite part of the day. But one night, the restaurant manager asked her to leave and later regretted it when he learned who she was and why she was acting so oddly.
An Active Woman
For her age, Mary had a lot of energy. She enjoyed keeping in contact with her family while also going out and seeing her close friends.
Her preferred pastime, though, was going to the local eatery she and her husband had been going to for almost 30 years. However, the woman recognized she couldn’t continue with her customary routine after hearing this news.
Mary didn’t always go to the eatery by herself. When the restaurant originally opened, she and her husband ate there, and they later started going there frequently. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary there as well, dancing until well after midnight.
She lost her husband one year later when he took ill and passed away. Mary was going through a very difficult time. As time passed, she deteriorated into a shadow of her former self. The elderly woman barely ate, and she never left the house. Everyone feared the worst for her.
Leaving Without Paying
The personnel at the restaurant adored Mary, a regular customer. Every time she came to visit, they eagerly anticipated receiving her generous grin. She was a beam of sunshine who never forgot to compliment her server.
Then, one day, she arrived at the restaurant, clearly shaken. The elderly woman chewed her food quietly. She finished her meal, got up, and walked out without paying. The medical team caring for her questioned what must have happened. However, her waiter followed her too late to request the money. But he wasn’t concerned. He anticipated her return because she was a regular. Then he discovered something startling.
Until she got a letter one day, Mary was in a terrible spot. It came from the restaurant and stated that their most cherished patron had been noticeably missing from their location, and they were giving her a free lunch as compensation. This was the motivation she required to go beyond her grief.
Mary made the brave decision to eat alone at the same restaurant, even though it wasn’t simple. In the past three months, Mary had through a great deal of change, but the restaurant had remained the same. It was cozy, and the smell of the cooking was always enticing. However, there was a problem, and the 88-year-condition old’s was soon identified by the staff.
The proprietor of the restaurant joined Mary at her usual window-side table and gave her the assurance that he would be there for her. He had known her for 30 years, was likewise elderly, and had experienced loss.
A new phase in Mary’s life began that evening, which was fantastic. She slowly started acting like herself again and started going back to the restaurant every day.
Mary had some standard medical testing a week earlier. The hospital eventually called the elderly woman at that point. They had the test’s outcome. She was really anxious and unsure of what to anticipate.
Mary was told by the doctor that she had blood cancer. Mary felt as though a dagger had penetrated her heart. She inquired as to the severity and time constraints. She had between six months and a year remaining, the doctor informed her, as the cancer was in its terminal stages. The news was devastating.
Something Was Different
During that three-month time, Mary underwent a lot of change and ceased going to the restaurant. The eatery that had once supported her during a difficult time seemed unchanged.
However, there was actually a change in the eatery. It had a new manager who was harsh with the workforce and was unaware of Mary’s previous relationships with the business. This would cause things to take an unforeseen turn.
A Worsening Situation
The new manager was always critical of the workforce and used harsh language. He didn’t seem to appreciate seeing their content and being at ease.
The environment in the restaurant darkened, and many patrons even reduced their frequency of visits. The formerly happy employees now arrived at work gloomy.
Clearing Her Head
To learn more about her prospects, Mary visited her doctor. The 88-year-old woman rushed straight from the hospital to the eatery to try to get rid of the anxious emotions. The staff delivered the day’s specials as soon as she sat down at her window-side table.
The waiter swiftly departed Mary’s table when she attempted to strike up a conversation because the manager’s attention was focused on the workers. The team had informed the new manager about Mary. He was eager to meet her because they all spoke highly about her finally. The reason, though, was not that he believed she was a beautiful person.
The Real Reason
The manager wanted to see Mary because her unpaid bill was still on the bulletin board, surrounded by hearts and kind words. The staff never asked the old woman to pay it in the end.
The manager approached the old woman and said the restaurant only accepted paying customers. He told her, “it doesn’t matter how nice everyone thinks you are. We are not a charity.” And he asked her to leave, not knowing what he actually did.
At that moment, Mary took out a pen and a piece of paper and wrote on it, then placed the note on the table and left without saying a word.
While the server cleared the table, he saw the note the 88-year-old woman had left behind in the black folder. Curious, the waiter opened the note. He screamed when he saw what Mary had written. What did he just read? Mary’s words would change everything for the restaurant.
A Final Message
The note Mary left behind was addressed to the restaurant staff, saying, “I’ve loved coming to this restaurant for over 30 years. I’ve seen your establishment change everything. Staff left, and new ones came in.”
“Even the menu changed a dozen times, but I’ve always been here. I had such a great time here. Even in bad times, you always supported me.” It was a final message from the old lady to the staff of her favorite restaurant.
Mary continued, “now that I am old and I’ll pass away soon, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you by leaving a sufficient sum of money for you.”
Written at the bottom with a pen was the request that the manager won’t get a penny from her money and that she would report him to the owner. Turning the note, the waiter saw the ridiculous amount of 462.1 million bequeathed to the restaurant from the old woman.
An Old Client’s Request
The waiter couldn’t believe his eyes and handed the note to the owner. He burst into tears as Mary and her dear husband had been like family to him for over 30 years, and he knew in his heart he wasn’t going to see her again.
Then after a brief phone call with Mary, the manager was immediately fired.
In order to protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events or places or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.