Waiter's Touching Gesture Towards Lonely WWII Veteran Who Was Eating Alone Wins Hearts

Waiter's Touching Gesture Towards Lonely WWII Veteran Who Was Eating Alone Wins Hearts

Lisa Meilander, a preschool teacher, was at the Eat’n Park diner when she noticed her 24-year-old waiter sharing a touching moment with an elderly customer.

Can you count on your finger the number of times you've taken some time from your day to sit and listen to a lonely elderly person? Or have you indulged in a conversation with your grandparents who hardly have anyone to talk to? Most of us seldom think about the importance of lending an ear to them. However, one man proved to be different when he took some time off his work just to listen to an old man talk to him about his life. 



One of the customers in the restaurant overheard a heartwarming conversation between a 91-year-old man and a waiter when she was dining at the Eat’n Park diner in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, with her family. A  preschool teacher called   Lisa Meilander was so impressed by the kindness of the young man that she decided to post the incident on Facebook. She began by writing: The elderly gentleman was seated in the booth directly across from my family as we ate dinner Saturday night at Eat'n Park in Belle Vernon. We really didn't see him come in. 


She explained how the 24-year-old waiter, Dylan Tetil,  "dropped to one knee" and looked him "eye-to-eye " in order to get the elderly man's order. The post continued reading: The man apologized for not hearing too well. He had forgotten to put in his hearing aids. He talked about how he lost his hearing during his time in the war. He was 91 years old with many stories to tell. Dylan patiently listened giving him his full attention.  


The veteran seemed really happy to find someone to talk to and eventually apologized for holding Tetil back with his tales. The elderly veteran reportedly said, "I'm alone now," and added, "I don't often have someone to talk to." To this, the young man simply smiled and said he enjoyed listening to him. After taking the man's order, Tetil left the table and made his way to the kitchen. At this moment, Meilander wanted to pay for the lonely man's meal only to find out that someone else had already paid for it. 


I wanted offer to pay for the man's dinner, but before I could flag down Dylan, a man seated at a nearby booth asked Dylan to bring him his check. "Someone's already taken care of it," Dylan smiled. I guess we weren't the only ones eavesdropping on the conversation, read the post. The sweetness of the waiter didn't end there. After the old man received his food, Tetil made his way to his booth and informed him that he was on a break. He then asked if it was okay for him to sit "with the gentleman as he ate." 


Of course, the man gladly agreed to the delightful proposition. As the family made their way out of the restaurant, Meilander noticed the two engaging in a cheery conversation. As we left the restaurant the two of them were conversing and many people seated nearby were smiling. It was a touching sight, she added. Finally, the preschool teacher expressed how amazing it was to witness something so beautiful as this especially in today's times. She also recommended people to ask for Dylan as their waiter if they were to ever visit this eatery.


The post concluded: With all of the negative stories about our youth today this was a breath of fresh air. I wonder if I would have been as kind and attentive if I were the one working there. One thing's for sure, if you are ever at Eat'n Park in Belle Vernon, ask for Dylan. If he's your waiter you're certain to get great service. Her post instantly became viral garnering over 200,000 likes and 73,000 shares. People were all praise for the young Tetil. One user, Heather Adler, wrote: SUCH A WONDERFUL story! I am up with dad now ! (Staying through Sunday) so this type of compassion brings me to happy tears. There is so much good in the world. Both in this older generation and in the new one. Thanks so much. For sharing. Gives me Hope. Xoxox


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