Viral Facebook post claims man sat in Utah Denny’s for 2 hours – then did the unthinkable

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A man’s apparent act of kindness at a Denny’s in Utah is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, according to a post that has gone viral on social media.

The man walked into the Denny’s and immediately asked a staff member to be seated at a table that was served by a single mother, Love What Matters posted on Facebook and Instagram.

The staff member thought the request was “very odd,” but coincidentally happened to have a co-worker named Crystal who was a single mother, the post claimed.

For the next two hours, the man sat at his booth, not ordering anything, but watching families that came in.

The caption of the photo — allegedly written by the staff member that seated him — read, “7 families came in and ate while you were there and you paid every one of their bills, over $1,000 you paid for people you didn’t even know. I asked, ‘Why did you do that?'”

The man told her, “Family is everything, I’ve lost all mine.”

The caption continued:

“Looking into your eyes while you said that made me tear up (It’s why I walked away so quickly) as soon as I got in the back I broke down in tears because your eyes had so much pain in them.

“I just wanted to let you know, the waitress Crystal that you requested was living in a shelter with her son until she was able to save up enough to get a place. Your bill was $21.34 and you left her a $1,500 tip, because of you she gets her new place next week, because of you 7 families ate for free.”

Crystal told me she prayed the night before for a miracle and God sent you.

You left before any of us could say thank you, I hope you read this because you’re truly an amazing person and you stole the hearts of every one of us here. Thank you.”

The Facebook post has been liked more than 360,000 times and shared more than 160,000 times as of Friday evening.

Denny’s corporate offices has not commented on the viral post.

Because of the anonymous nature of the post, neither Denny’s nor Fox 13 has been able to confirm the story in the post.


  • wick308

    What a awesome thing to do.. There is hope for humanity.. And never judge a book by its cover.. Being covered in tattoos didn’t mean you are any less of a good person..

      • bob

        I’ve met a couple of people who put the lie to that theory. But I’d never trust someone who is GETTING a tattoo on their neck or face.

        Anybody can grow up, but tattoos are forever. So don’t assume. If the tattoo looks faded give them a chance. You might be surprised. Some of the wisest people are the ones who have done the dumbest things.

  • Roy

    7 familes came in and he paid $1,000 in addition a $1,500 tip?

    How could 7 families eat $1,000 worth of food at Denny’s?

    • Heidi

      Of course I can believe it, it’s expensive to eat out!. I’m surprised it wasn’t more than a thousand for 7 families!!!.

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