Teaching our children how to recognize what the “right” thing to do can be a hard thing to accomplish, but one mom has definitely got it all figured out! Children learn by seeing. When they see how mom reacts to something happening in public, most of the time, they will learn from it and react the same way when put in that same situation. There’s a saying that can be applied to this situation: “children are always watching.” So the next time something like this happens, remember to act in a way that you would want your children to.
We took the kids for dinner at Pizza Express. There was a very friendly lady dining alone at the next table who clearly had special needs.
When the time came for her to pay the bill, her bank card was declined. The waitress told her, in a very kind way, that there was a problem but that she would call her manager for help. Jeremy immediately leapt up and told the waiting staff that we would pay for the lady’s meal.
However, when the manager arrived, he explained to the lady that she couldn’t use her bank card to pay, but that there was no need to worry; Pizza Express authorises [sic] the restaurant to give away two free meals per month and that, on this occasion, they would like to provide her with a free meal.
She was extremely grateful and apologetic that she had been unable to pay, We were relieved that the lady had been treated in such a dignified way and that she was not placed in a difficult position.
Then, the manager approached our table. He said that, as we had shown such generosity, he would like to donate the second free meal that the restaurant was able to offer to us! We were absolutely dumbfounded! I have never heard of any chain restaurant behaving in such a generous way. We were quite overcome. I made sure that the lady was able to get home OK then we thanked the staff and left ourselves.
I think Pizza Express, and in particular the manager of the Surbiton branch, deserve a massive pat on the back. I told the manager that my younger son has special needs and that I was really impressed by how the restaurant had treated this special case.”
These parents are surely on the right track when it comes to being good examples for their children! And after an event like this, their son will be more inclined to help others out around him in the future. While he didn’t expect to get anything in return, his heart was in the right place, and that is what matters the most! He will surely grow up to be a wonderful and dependable young man!
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