They say that everyone should wait tables at some point in their life so they can see how hard the job really is. It may seem like a piece of cake, but being a server in a restaurant is an extremely difficult and dirty job. You have to deal with people’s attitudes and demands and even worse, their food allergies. Let’s not talk about gluten right now, okay?
While some people are lovely, others can be downright rude and just one demanding customer can make the job a living nightmare. Some servers will crumble under the pressure, while others are able to easily let things roll of their backs. Waitress Melina Salazar from Luby’s restaurant in Brownsville, Texaz has proven that she can handle any difficult customer who comes her way.
Because Salazar could handle pretty much anyone, whenever 89-year-old WWII vet Walter “Buck” Swords came into Luby’s he was sat in her section. He was demanding and rude and none of the other servers were willing to wait on him. She would always take one for the team and take his table when no one else would.
He would curse and yell and constantly send his food back. He would demand that the food be reheated over and over again until it was almost burnt. Time and time again Salazar showed that she could handle his behavior.
Swords was a regular at the restaurant and over time she just learned how to handle him. She learned that he wanted his food blistering hot. She would meet his demands with a smile on her face and a skip in her step.
One day the restaurant staff noticed that Swords stopped coming in. While they were relieved, they were also worried. Salazar had a sinking feeling that something was wrong. One day she opened a local newspaper and she saw his name in the obituary section.
Well, she learned that she was someone special to him too. While she didn’t know this at the time, it turned out that she was the only person treating him kindly in his last few years and she was rewarded for her kindness.
Swords left her $50,000 and his 2000 Buick in his will. This was certainly the best tip she had ever received.
13. You Never Know What The Person Is Going Through
Salazar was able to see beyond his bad behavior. She was able to see that there was a sad human being underneath that hard exterior. She saw someone who was lonely and needed a friend. Her friendship obviously touched him in his last few years of his life, and although he was never able to relay that message to her in person, after receiving the $50,000, his message was clear. To learn more about the story, watch the video above.