Mom goes out to eat alone on Mother’s Day, but what waiter’s do—other customers couldn’t ignore it

She was treated like a queen.
May 14, 2018 3:32 pm Last Updated: May 14, 2018 3:32 pm

Mother’s Day is meant to celebrate motherhood and though there are no specific ways in which to celebrate, many choose to send a card, go out for a meal, or shower the mother who raised them with gifts.

Barbara Foy of South Carolina had hoped that at the very least her son would give her a call, but when she never heard from him she was understandably upset. So she took herself out to eat.

Barbara Foy hoped her son would call her on Mother’s Day.

It had been awhile since her son had called, but Foy wished against all odds he would pick up the phone and wish her a happy Mother’s Day.

Unfortunately, she soon discovered her wish wasn’t going to come true.

She went to Ruby Tuesday by herself on Mother’s Day.

(Photo by Mike Mozart, CC BY 2.0)

According to WMBF, the staff at Ruby Tuesday realized Foy was a mother eating by herself on Mother’s Day and felt they had to do something to cheer her up.

Christianna Smith, Mariah Brown, and Kabria Hasty, three of Foy’s servers, helped make the lonely holiday extra special.

Foy’s servers made sure she received excellent service and paid for her food.


“I really felt like I was queen for a day… mother for a day!” Foy told WMBF. “I’ve never been made to feel so special.”

Lauren Nave, the restaurant’s general manager, told WMBF that Foy’s story touched the staff and they were more than happy to make her day.

Not only did they pay for her lunch, but they also put together a gift bag. A customer who was in the restaurant at the time also handed Foy a rose.

Even though she didn’t receive the call she hoped for, Foy was treated like a queen.

Despite not hearing from her son, others she encountered on Mother’s Day made sure she knew she was appreciated.

“I think we were all almost in tears by the end of the story,” Nave said. “We wanted to make sure that she knew how special she was on Mother’s Day.”