Server Pays for a Couple’s Meal After Learning of Their Daughter’s Death

One small gesture by a waitress made a big impact on one grieving couple.

Debbie and Sean Riddle regularly ate at the West Side Cafe in Fort Worth, Texas. Their server, Kayla Lane, remembered the last time the couple had come in with their baby, Glory. When she asked about the child, the couple weren’t sure what to say.

“They kind of looked at each other and were very silent,” Lane said to CBS News. The couple told the server that Glory had died in her sleep of an unknown cause just a few weeks earlier.

Lane felt horrible about unknowingly bringing up the tragedy. “I’m like, ‘Oh gosh, I made them remember!’ even though it’s going through their minds all day, every day.”

Determined to do what she could for the couple, Lane decided to pay for the couple’s meal out of her own pocket. When it came time to deliver their check, Lane slipped them this touching note.


Although the couple tried to still pay for their meal, Lane told them that the company had already paid for the meal. The couple was so touched by the move that they shared the story and a photo of the note on Facebook. Debbie Riddle wrote the following caption:

“We eat at West Side Cafe on Camp Bowie in Fort Worth quite a lot and last month sometime we took our new baby, Glory in. Well, we just went there this afternoon and our waitress Kayla remembered us and asked where our baby was. Sadly, we had to tell her baby Glory passed away and is with God now. She felt so horrible for asking but she was so sweet. When it was time for us to pay our bill, Kayla brings over our receipt. She didn’t even want us to tip her because she said the company took care of her tip as well. We hear so much negativity on the news and so that is why I felt led to share this story in hopes that Kayla and this restaurant will get some good recognition.”

That post has been shared over 10,000 times to date. Although Lane told the Riddles the company had paid for the meal, she confirmed in her own Facebook post that she had paid for it herself.

“I’m humbled by this experience and thank the Riddles so much for being the wonderful people that they are, and now blessing me with their friendship,” Lane shared. “I am eternally grateful.”

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Server Pays for a Couple’s Meal After Learning of Their Daughter’s Death