A waitress from Fort Worth, Texas, became a viral sensation after she bestowed a random act of kindness on a couple who recently lost their baby (video below).
Kayla Lane, a waitress at West Side Cafe, has a history of paying bills for military members, firefighters and police officers. Shaun and Debra Riddle stood out to Lane for their bravery after losing their 9-week-old daughter, Glory.
“I felt it was my duty to help them simply through one day and the help I chose to give them was picking up their ticket. It wasn't because they necessarily needed it, it wasn't because I felt bad, it was simply to show them that there are strangers out there willing to help them through this difficult time,” Lane told Today.
The Riddles were familiar faces to Lane, who said she remembers people easily. When they came into the restaurant following their daughter’s death, Lane asked them about her.
“They kind of looked at each other and were very silent,” she told KTVT.
“We said, ‘Well, she passed away four weeks ago,’” Shaun said. Their daughter reportedly never woke up from a nap, and the cause of death remained unknown.
“I’m like, ‘Oh gosh, I made them remember!'” even though it’s going through their minds all day, every day,” Lane said.
At the end of their meal, the couple was given their receipt. Instead of a bill written on the check, Lane wrote a simple note.
“Your ticket has been paid for. We are terribly sorry for your loss. God Bless. -- The West Side,” the note read.
“I was just shocked,” Debbie said.
“And, she said, ‘No, no, don’t worry. The company took care of it,’” Shaun added.
What the couple didn’t know was that it wasn’t the company didn’t pay for it -- Lane paid out of her own pocket.
“People are thanking me for being a good person, for showing gratitude to others, for 'paying it forward,' and for simply giving them hope ... but this is something we all do at West Side Cafe,” Lane told Today.
“We don't just pick up checks; we truly are a family that is in it to help others. I'm so grateful to be a small part of this family and that we're able to be an example for others. We are all a community and we have to stick together and help each other.”