When you have a craving for waffles in La Marque, Texas, you head over to the Waffle House. Residents of this city know that they will be greeted with a smile by a kind server, and some maple syrup-drenched waffles. For one regular customer, she had noticed that one server was a bit different than the other ones. This server went about her daily tasks and didn’t realize that she had a silent observer. What this person was doing would come as a surprise, albeit a very happy one, when the server finally realized what was happening. Keep reading to find out why this server was being filmed, and what happened when she found out.
The Regular Customer
In the spring of 2018, Laura Wolf, the customer who would capture something special with her camera phone, was sipping on a cup of coffee at the Waffle House. She would often swing by for a quick waffle, and some small talk with the staff.
For the most part, she was on a first-name basis with all of the servers except for the one that caught her eye on that fateful day. Laura knew she was witnessing something that the world needed to see, and that was why she decided to film this unknown server covertly.
A Busy Day
La Marque itself only has about 16,000 citizens, which means that the Waffle House sees a lot of them come through. Today was different, though. Instead of a few people having lunch, the restaurant was packed to the brim with people.
Everywhere Laura looked, she saw a familiar face, which seemed a bit odd. Why had the entire town decided to go to the Waffle House on today, of all days? All of the servers were rushing to and fro, trying to fill the customers’ orders and deliver their food in a timely manner. The normally relaxed atmosphere was a bit tenser than Laura was used to.
Meet Evoni Williams
Evoni Williams was one of the servers during this busy shift, and she was delighted to have a lot of customers. The reason she had begun to work at the Waffle House was that she was trying to make enough money to pay for her college tuition. She had just turned 18, which meant that she was planning to head off to her college of choice once fall rolled around.
The only problem was that her wages and tips from the Waffle House would not be enough to cover all of her college costs. That did not stop her from putting a smile on her face and offering some kind words to all of her customers, though.
A Momentary Distraction
With business booming and all of the servers busy with their sections, there was not a lot of time for them to take notice of anything out of the ordinary. As soon as the bell rang, and the servers heard, “Order up!” they knew they needed to rush back to the kitchen and grab the freshly made waffles for their customers.
Evoni was on her way to grab a hot off the griddle order when she saw something that made her stop in her tracks. Laura saw Evoni pause, and looked up from her own meal to see what had happened.
A Special Customer
A very special customer was sitting in Evoni’s section, and that is what had made her pause. Adrien had been a long-time customer, and as he approached his 80s, his health had begun to decline. He still made sure to come to the Waffle House for a weekly meal, but he now needed to bring an oxygen tank with him.
He had been dubbed Mr. Karaoke by the staff because he loved to sing a song for whoever was serving him. Evoni stopped everything she was doing and walked over to Adrien to exchange a few kind words with him.
Some Quiet Words
Adrien was not able to speak up over all of the diners’ lunchtime conversations, so Evoni had to crouch down to hear him. He had a few quiet words to say to her, and while she was very busy, she made sure to give him her full attention.
He deserved her respect as a loyal customer, and he always had some great stories to tell. Laura watched all of this happen, and began to film the encounter between Adrien and Evoni.
A Moment Of Embarrassment
The normally confident and charming Adrien was not himself that day. Instead, he appeared to be embarrassed. Over what, Laura had no idea, but she could see that Evoni was clearly very understanding.
Laura really wanted to know what they were talking about and decided to try and move a bit closer. She wasn’t able to hear the conversation in its entirety, but she was able to capture a few keywords here and there.
Holding Up The Service
Restaurants need to run like well-oiled machines if the service line isn’t going to be interrupted. As soon as Evoni stopped walking to the kitchen, her section stopped receiving their food, and their orders began to pile up.
The kitchen staff was upset by this and began to holler for Evoni to take care of her orders. She ignored everyone and continued to give all of her attention to Adrien. What exactly was Adrien talking about that was so important?
Pushing The Food Away
As Laura watched, Adrien slowly indicated his plate that contained a breakfast with all the fixings and began to push it towards Evoni. It appeared that he was not satisfied with his food. Maybe a part of his order was wrong, because the restaurant was so busy, and the kitchen staff had forgotten something.
Then, Evoni simply smiled and pushed the plate of food right back towards Adrien. Laura found this whole interaction very strange, but she continued to film it.
The entire exchange between Adrien and Evoni took place over about two minutes, but for Laura, it felt much longer. She checked the time stamp on her phone and saw that Evoni and Adrien had come to some sort of decision regarding his food.
The security camera in the Waffle House was also facing the area where the two had been talking, which meant there were now two pieces of evidence.
A New Angle
The CCTV camera was situated in a spot on the ceiling, which gave it a view of the entire restaurant. The table that Adrien was at was right in its line of sight, which meant that whoever looked at the tape could see exactly what had gone on.
There was still some confusion as to what had happened between Adrien and Evoni, but it was clear a kind act had just taken place between the two.
A Simple Gesture
After reviewing her tape of what had happened, Laura knew what Evoni had done for Adrien. She watched the man explain that he needed help, and the reason he passed his plate to Evoni was that he required some assistance.
He could no longer hold both a fork and a knife to cut his food into bite-size pieces. Evoni made quick work of his food so that he could eat it without any help. It was a small gesture, but it allowed him to be independent.
A Fateful Facebook Post
Laura felt that Evoni deserved some recognition for this simple act of kindness. She decided that a Facebook post was something that would highlight how special Evoni is. As the post began to go viral, everyone started to talk about how caring Evoni was at that moment.
When she was interviewed about, all she had to say was that Adrien is a regular, and she would have done it for anyone. Now, that is going above and beyond the call of duty.
The Public’s Response
More often than not, the news that makes head waves is of a negative fashion. Laura wanted to share something that made people feel good, and this small exchange between Adrien and Evoni was a great example.
Admitting that you need some help with your food is hard for any person, but the fact that Adrien felt comfortable enough to ask Evoni, shows that she has the kind of character that genuinely cares about people. She is the kind of example that others can follow.
A Lot Of Notifications
Instead of waiting to get home to craft her Facebook post, Laura had decided to do it in real-time, right after she had witnessed the event. She finished up her waffles, posted her video and pictures to her Facebook wall, and watched all of the notifications pop-ups on her home screen.
Her friends and family loved that she had witnessed this, and they began to reshare the post to help it gain more traction across social media platforms.
Evoni did not help Adriend cut-up his breakfast meat because she wanted recognition, though. The outpouring of goodwill was a complete surprise to her, as she had no idea that she was being watched.
Within a matter of days, the entire town knew both her and Adrien’s names, and she was routinely greeted on the street. It was great to feel the love and support of her entire town. This support would lead to some that she really needed herself.
Meeting The Mayor
In a small town like this, the mayor, Bobby Hocking, was one of the first people who heard about Evoni. He liked to know about all of the special people in his town. He decided that he would have to meet this young woman who had touched the hearts of Americans and present her with something special.
What Evoni received was something that she needed the most, and it was the best gift she could have ever asked for.
A Presentation In Evoni’s Honor
The setting for Evoni’s meet and greet with the mayor was none other than the Waffle House, where everything had taken place. In honor of Evoni, the mayor decided to name a day after her.
March 8th would forever be known as Evoni Williams Day, in honor of her good work within La Marque society. There was even a proclamation issued, that announced the day. Now, Evoni would go down in town history.
Getting Ready For College
All of the news stations that spoke to Evoni questioned her about her plans for the future, and why she was working at the Waffle House. She calmly explained to them all that she was getting ready to go to college and needed to cover her tuition costs.
The residents of La Marque decided they were all capable of contributing to her education, and a GoFundMe page was created to help her receive donations for her schooling.
Another Helping Hand
As the money began to trickle in and grow into a sizeable sum, one institution, in particular, decided to help out in a big way. The admission staff at Texas Southern University, heard about Evoni, what she had done for Adrien, and how more than anything she wanted to go to college.
They put their heads together and decided they would be able to offer her something very special. The timing could not have been more perfect for Evoni.
An Undercover President
Once the president of Texas State University heard what the admissions staff had planned, he decided to get involved. He made his way to La Marque to meet this remarkable young woman, and to assess her for the coming academic year.
She was just the sort of student his illustrious institution wanted to be represented by. After meeting Evoni, he knew she would be a perfect fit for Texas State, and he wanted her to know it.
The president of Texas State spoke to Evoni in front of all of La Marque and told her that she was exceptional both academically and personally. He knew how expensive school in the United States could be, and to make it more accessible to her; he wanted to present her with a scholarship.
One of his staff passed him a giant cardboard check with $16,000 on it, and with Evoni’s name written on top. Evoni could now afford college at a top school in Texas!
Heading Off To College
After getting her own holiday, and a big scholarship, Evoni is now happily studying at Texas State University. She maintains that any person with a kind heart would have done what she did for Adrien.
She hopes that the town will continue her legacy of good deeds, while she is off at school. We know that we will definitely be taking a page from her book. Everyone has the ability to help others, even if it is just a smile in passing.