I forgot to post my story from last week. I will first thank Christie and Angela for suggesting the perfect guest to RAK. I wound up giving my RAK to Shirley. She is a regular guest at T-Bones in Derry, and has been for the past several years. She used to come in every week with her husband who was in a wheelchair. She had not been in for several weeks, and when she returned, she let Chrisite and Angela, who wait on her often know that her husband had passed away. I introduced myself, and let her know that she was my pick for the Random Act of Kindness for the week. She was very thrilled, and let me know that it was her first visit to T-BONES since her husband had passed away. It took her several weeks to build up the courage to come back in to a place that she loves, but is now dining alone. She will no doubt Pay it Forward, and will be back regularly, even though it hurts her heart.
Every Sunday morning, I can set my watch because I know at 11:26 Janet will be walking through the front door. She walks on in, and sits at table 31 without a menu. She is always the first guest on Sunday mornings. For years, she used to come in with her twin sister, but over the past year, she has been coming in by herself. Her sister is now in a nursing home. I chose her as my Random Act and she was thrilled! She told me how much she loved us here at T-BONES in Derry, and was excited to Pay it Forward.
Today in Derry, I had a party of four ladies walk in around noon. I heard one of the ladies say “what a lovely place.” I inquired, and found out that not only had she never been to T-BONES in Derry, she had never been to a T-BONES at all. WHAT!?!?! Needless to say it instantly became the perfect RAK table. Her name was Cathy, and she was totally impressed with being chosen. I have no doubt that she will return to T-BONES, and no doubt that she will Pay it Forward.
Last Friday I was surprised to see Annie and Elisha dining at T-Bones in Derry with Annie’s 2 young sons. I know Annie and Elisha from Maddie’s Restaurant in Salem. My father in law goes to Maddie’s 7 days a week, and they treat him like a King. I picked up their tab, and they could not believe it. I was so happy to do so, as the manager at Maddie’s picks up Kenny’s tab every single day. They decided that they would flip a coin to see who got to take the gift certificate in to the community to Pay it Forward.
My Rak this week went to a family who had just got back from driving to Texas to pick up their son where he was stationed. They learned on their way back to New Hampshire that he was going to be deployed to Germany in July. They came in for dinner tonight to eat after their long drive home, son still in uniform. They told me how proud of their son they were and how wonderful it is to see kind people in the world. The father is priest and says that as a family they often do random acts of kindness and was very happy to be a recipient of one.
I know this is very late, but better late than never. Easter sunday was very very busy here in derry. We started of the day with 45 people being sat in less than 5 minutes after we opened! We were all hustling and bustling, but very much enjoying the day! Anyways, Maria (our hostess) came up to me and told me there was an elder lady on the phone asking if there was anyway we could deliver a ham dinner to her friend. I got on the phone and she explained that this gentlemen was in his 90’s, recently lost his wife, and had no means for transportation. My heart broke instantly and I couldn’t say no. I payed for the ham dinner and a piece of chocolate cake and had it delivered. Me and a bartender also filled a couple of plastic eggs with candies.
Today in Derry my RAK went to a regulars that visit the lounge often. Steve and his Mother were in for lunch. I had never been introduced to them by name, although I have seen them in here a lot. I explained the Random promotion, and they were very happy to have been chosen. I am sure that they will Pay it Forward.
Today in Derry, I had a party of 2 sitting in the 60’s, and asked them if I could split off 1/2 of their table in order to make a party of 6. They responded with an “Of course you can, no problem”, it was right then and there that I knew I had my RAK table for the week. I approached Louise and Skip at the end of their meal, and again thanked them, and informed them that I chose them as my table to RAK for the week. They were very appreciative, and I know that they will Pay it Forward.
I had an employee call me tonight upset that she had lost her wallet and asked if we could reissue her paycheck, as it was in her wallet. After I hung up the phone with her a woman called stating she had found a wallet belonging to one of our employees and would like to know how to get the wallet back to her. The girls met here at 6:00pm. I told the woman who returned the wallet how kind it was of her to go out of her way to bring it here. I wanted to reward her act of kindness with a random act of kindness!