Buffalo Wild Wings recently helped a woman honor her brother, a fallen soldier.
The woman entered the restaurant, and upon being seated, requested two beers: a Blue Moon for her, and then a Corona for her brother, a soldier who had died serving in Iraq.
At first, Tacoma Buffalo Wild Wings server Brian Avey told her she could only order one beer at a time due to the state laws. However, after the woman told Avey the Corona was for her brother, he happily brought her the second drink. The woman never touched the drink, but let it sit there beside her as she finished her lunch.
Feeling incredibly touched by the scene he had witnessed, Avey decided to share the heartwarming story on his personal Facebook page.
“A Military Woman came into my work today for lunch, she ordered a Blue Moon and a Corona, I told her she could only do one beer at a time, she said the Corona was for her brother who died in Iraq and I won’t be drinking it… it just sat next her at a empty seat her entire lunch… when I brought her bill I told her Buffalo Wild Wings will be buying that beer.”
Delighted by Avey’s generosity, the woman left a kind note to her waiter and the rest of the staff at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant. “This is what she wrote on her credit card slip…” Avey wrote alongside a picture of the receipt and the full Corona bottle.
” ‘Thank you. An act of kindness goes a long way. It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day.’ –A Grateful Soldier.”
Avey said he didn’t have the heart to dump the beer out, so he placed it next to the flag. He then told his manager what had happened and why the Corona was sitting on the cooler.
“After she left, I didn’t have the heart to dump the beer out and throw it away, so I put it on top of the cooler next the American Flag… When I showed my boss his response was Amazing… He said ‘That’s Fine, just do me a favor, put a fresh Lime in it Every Morning’…”
“I just can’t throw this beer away,” Dan, the restaurant’s manager, told KIRO 7, noting that he wanted to help honor the fallen soldier.
A toast to a soldier: Buffalo Wild Wings waiter helps customer honor fallen brother http://t.co/B4cnaaarjL pic.twitter.com/sBTCBkTB5V
— BringMeTheNews (@BringMN) July 15, 2015
Since Avey shared his story, his post has been shared nearly 40,000 times on Facebook, and liked more than 90,000 times. The beer now sits next to the American flag, and Dan says the restaurant has been receiving calls from all over the world, thanking him for not throwing it away.
[Image via Facebook / Brian Avey]