An Illinois IHOP waiter was photographed feeding a disabled customer by another diner in the restaurant. The picture of the kind act went viral and led a member of the community to offer the waiter a job as a nurse.
Keshia Dotson said she was visiting an IHOP in Springfield when she caught sight of a touching moment between one of the servers and a couple having a meal at the restaurant, reports WAGA.
Dotson shared the image and wrote the following on the IHOP Facebook page: "A man and disabled woman were dining and your server sat down with them and proceeded to help feed the disabled woman while her companion enjoyed his food. My faith in humanity has been restored a little today."
She added: "I have worked in the retail and service industry in the past, and know that people usually only contact corporate with negative feedback, so I wanted to share some positive [news]."
Dotson's image of the waiter's kind act -- his name is Joe Thomas -- was shared more than 4,000 times and generated more than 10,000 reactions in four days.
The disabled woman and her husband have been regulars at the dining establishment for years and regularly sit at Thomas' tables, KTLA reports. Thomas has been working at that IHOP in Springfield for more than 10 years.
According to Thomas, the disabled woman has problems eating because of a medical issue so her husband would interrupt his meal to feed her. But Thomas wanted the his customers to enjoy their meal together.
"I always see him stop eating to feed her and I was like, 'Heck if I’m not doing anything why don’t I go feed her so he can eat and everyone can be happy?' My parents always told me to treat people equally and that's what I try to do all the time," said Thomas, WICS reports.
"They are just really nice people really," Thomas said.
Thomas said that due to the popularity of his act of kindness, he has since been offered the chance to become a nurse.
He appreciated how Dotson's gesture made him feel but, at the same time, dismissed the attention as hoopla.
"It really felt good for somebody to actually see another person is doing something and take notice," Thomas said.
"It felt good, but at the same time I was like I really don't care for the recognition too much because it's just something that should automatically be done regardless. I am out there to help anyone if I can, don't really look for anything in return just have a good day and that's it."