Unexpected acts of random kindness are… well… unexpected. Most everyone can probably count on one hand the number of times an absolute stranger did anything even remotely kind for them.
Boy Scouts are known to help little old ladies cross the street. Rather than just let it slam in their face, some people will hold the door open as they are exiting their neighborhood 7-11 at the same time another person is trying to enter.
Sure, these are nice things to do for another. But what happens when an act of kindness is so unexpected and off-the-wall, and we don’t even know who was responsible?
This is exactly what happened at an Applebee’s in Washington, Pa. A stranger did something for Jolie Welling and her family they will not forget anytime soon.
Welling was in the Applebee’s with her 6-year-old daughter, Sofia, a kindergarten student, along with 16 of their friends and family. They were celebrating Sofia’s birthday.
The entire crew was celebrating in style with “drinks, appetizers, and full-course meals.” Welling had baked cupcakes for the occasion and had brought them into the restaurant with her.
After their meals were done, the candles were blown out, and the cupcakes were readily consumed. Then it was time to settle up with the restaurant by paying the tab, which Welling was going to do without anyone else pitching in.
When Welling flagged down the waitress who had been serving them, Samantha Powell, she was in for the surprise of her life when the waitress came over and made an announcement to everyone seated at the table. They could scarcely believe what the server told them.
Someone, unknown to any of them, had anonymously picked up the entire tab. When the waitress said she could not reveal who the stranger had been, Welling, along with all of the guests, began tearing up.
Apparently, the couple who paid the tab has been doing this for years. The restaurant’s assistant manager, Bernie Lewis, says she is sworn to secrecy and will not make the paying couple’s names public.
Powell was able to disclose that they always say one thing. The anonymous man says, “I grew up poor and now I’m not.”
Welling had this to say about the whole thing: “Life is so complicated as it is, and you just work and work and work and struggle, and you try to enjoy every moment you can and having my 6-year-old see that someone did this act of kindness really shows her that there are good people in this world.”
Her young daughter Sofia said it made her happy. Because of what happened to them, Welling is now determined to pay it all forward the next time they go out to eat.
While these random acts may not seem to happen quite as often as they perhaps one time did, they still happen. It takes very little effort to be kind to others, and we can all take a lesson from this anonymous stranger who showed just how easy it can be.