Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Always Remember Those Who Serve

--by denisemj, posted Sep 29, 2013
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" the child asked.

"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it. "How much is a dish of plain ice cream?" he inquired.

Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient. "Thirt-five cents," she said brusquely.

The little boy again counted the coins. "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed. When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies - her tip.
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Readers Comments

Dr.Kanhaiyalal Sharma wrote: Even poor sensitive persons irrespective of their age have something to give even more poor persons in money and behavior.
shreyansh wrote: Nice story. Touched my heart.
Aurelia wrote: What a great lesson to learn. He was really being so unselfish and she learned that afterwards. Sometimes our lessons are tough. The boy made it easy. Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated. :0) ~aurelia
Susan B. wrote: Lovely. Touching. Tears. One can never read a story like this too often. It reminds us that caring and sharing and kindness is always appropriate, and usually greatly appreciated.
cappellarebeccca wrote: Sweet story
Mish wrote: Aw, sweet (no pun intended!!!!!) story. :)))))
jsmc10 wrote: love this story, thanks for sharing :)
kidzfirst wrote: so heartwarming to see even the youngest kids show acts of kindness :)
princessliz wrote: He is a great kid! :)
thaata wrote: Although I have read this story many times, yet the child's concern for the waitress appeals very much.

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