Waitress receives token of appreciation after random act of kindness
November 10, 2016
Morissa Pena, a makeup artist at Fear Farm and waitress at Hooters, took to social media to share an experience she had with a homeless man.
Pena arrived for her shift at Hooters on the morning of Feb. 3, when she noticed a man sitting on a curb across from the restaurant. She approached him and asked him if he was OK.
"He barely mumbled a 'no' and looked down and started sobbing. I asked if he was hungry... he said 'very.' I helped him off the ground and linked his arm with mine. I introduced myself to Rick and explained that I worked at Hooters and would be happy to have him," Pena wrote on her Facebook page in early 2016.
She then encouraged him to order whatever he wanted with a promise that she would cover the bill. Another table in the restaurant paid for him to have dessert.
Rick told Pena he had just arrived from Ohio and had been hit by a car but couldn't go to the hospital because he didn't have any personal identification, according to her Facebook page.
Pena said that Rick also showed her a necklace, "He showed me his necklace. It has Philippians 4:13 engraved on it. He was telling me how it was the only thing he had. We cried together. He finished up his meal and told me he would never forget my name, my face, and how I had given him hope again," Pena wrote.
Philippians 4:13 reads, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
As he was leaving, Rick handed Pena the necklace and told her he wanted her to have it.
"I was speechless. I still am. This man gave me the only thing that had any value to him. That is a debt I will never be able to repay," Pena wrote.
Her post was shared on Love What Matters and has been viewed by more than 60,000 people.