Dr. David Jones was eating with his wife at a Mexican restaurant when he saw a sight that gave him hope about the kindness in human nature. He saw a smiling fast-food worker help feed a disabled customer her favorite meal, a steak burrito. He noticed that the worker helped the woman pull her wheelchair up to a table. The worker spoke with the female customer, put on latex gloves, then helped her take small bites from her burrito. Jones, a Louisville, Kentucky, dentist, stated the following, according to the Associated Press.
“He actually started to feed the young lady, and I think he had known her because she had been in there before, but I thought, you know that is really kind of awesome…There’s so many things that go on that people watch on the news that it’s not even worth to watch anymore, and then all of a sudden you see something like that and it gives you hope, it gives you hope in humanity.”
Jones recorded the act of kindness with his phone, and friends encouraged him to send it to news stations, which he did. The story took off. Ridge Quarles, the Qdoba restaurant worker, didn’t know he was being recorded. It turns out that he and some other workers had been helping the female disabled customer for years, but don’t know her name.
Quarles said that the woman was always friendly and frequented the restaurant after being dropped off by public transportation. Sometimes she stayed for both lunch and dinner. Quarles worked at the restaurant through college and even became a manager. He recently started a new job at a marketing firm in Louisville shortly after the video was recorded.
After the video went viral, Quarles began getting calls from people throughout the world. He was very surprised at his newfound fame, and stated the following according to ABC News.
“Never in a million years would I have thought this was going to happen, it’s just simply a day just like any other day. I just wanted to be able to help her out and someone was moved by it…Especially now after all this I would love to meet her again. I think she would be really touched, I think it would mean a lot.”
Quarles’ good deed is being recognized elsewhere, and he’s receiving an award called the “Do Right” Award. The award is being given to him in Liverpool, Ohio, later this month. The organization presenting the tribute is connected to former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz.
Another act of kindness was reported last month when people in Hawaii helped a beloved homeless man. John Cruz is a homeless man in the beachside neighborhood of Kailua, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. He doesn’t ask for anything and instead helps others. He often watched over local residents, doled out advice, and even helped oversee whether young people were safe. He became very ill in late April and people rallied to get him needed medical attention, according to an article in the Inquisitr.
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