Kasey Simmons was shopping at his local Kroger’s in North Texas when he saw a woman at the front of the store, upset and distraught, and knew he had to lend a hand. He had never seen this woman before, but he stepped up to her, and asked her what was wrong.
Simmons then paid for her groceries—and said he was sure she had a beautiful smile—and then left without waiting for even a “thanks.”
Incidentally, Simmons works as a server at a nearby Applebee’s restaurant.
The next day, some people he didn’t know came during his shift, and sat in his area. They ordered nothing but a flavored water—the cheapest thing on the menu.
Then they left. When Simmons came over to the table, he was floored.
On the table was a note scrawled onto a napkin.
“Casey, I want to thank you for being the person you are,” the note read.
It turns out, one of the mystery customers was the daughter of the woman Simmons had helped just the day before. For Simmons, it was just a simple gesture—one he has done many times in his life—for someone who looked like they needed it. But for the woman, it was a light on one of the darkest of her days.
The grocery bill Simmons had covered was just $17—but this customer left him a $500 tip.
“On one of the most depressing days, the death of my father—3 year anniversary—you made my mother’s day wonderful,” the note read. “She has been smiling since you did what you did.”