10 Times Waiters Saved the DayThe common stereotypes associated with servers is they’reeither teenagers still enrolled in school and simply making ends meet or olderwomen who have been waiting tables longer than they would like to admit.
In mostcases, people assume servers lack college educations or the skills to doanything more distinguished.In truth, however, many waiters and waitresses are peoplewho enjoy what they do and make good money doing it. Occasionally, a server provesto be a person who goes above and beyond just taking an order and bringing apatron a burger and fries. Here are 10 notable times that people with jobs somemight find less than glamorous ended up being referred to as heroes. 10. Providing a Helping HandOn April 24, 2016, a customer at Cinco de Mayo restaurantin Douglasville, Georgia, ordered a meal. He then asked for assistance eatingthe meal because the man had no hands.Alex Ruiz, a 22-year-old waiter, did not hesitate to sitdown and assist the patron (LINK 1), even talking about life with the customer.
A regular patron at Cinco de Mayo saw the gesture and snapped a photo andposted it to Facebook, where it was widely shared. 9. Standing Up for Less FortunateMilo Castillo was a 5-year-old child with Down Syndrome.Michael Garcia was a 45-year-old server at Laurenzo’s Prime Rib in Houston who oftenserved Milo and his family.
When a family said “special needs children need tobe special somewhere else” in January 2013 and asked to be seated away fromMilo, Garcia refused to serve the customers (LINK 2). “‘How could you say that?'” Garcia asked the customer.”‘How could you say that about a beautiful 5-year-old angel?'”Not only did Laurenzo’s support Garcia, but many peoplearound the country did too. Garcia received several donations and presented the$1,145 in contributions to Milo’s school, the Rise School of Houston (LINK 3). 8. Thwarting a RobberyOn October 12, 2017, three would-be robbers attempted tosteal money from the register of a Northwest Side IHOP in San Antonio justafter 6 a.m.
Elijah Arnold, a certified sous chef, had only been on the job fora couple weeks but sprang into action. While Arnold suffered three compoundnose fractures and a shattered cheekbone after one of the assailants struck himin the face with a crowbar, Arnold was a third-degree black belt who provedable to subdue the criminal (LINK 4).Arnold held the suspect down until authorities arrived,although the man and woman who were with the attacker got away.
Arnold lived ina Northeast Side Walmart parking lot out of a broken down Infiniti he bought for$400, but received a $1,000 award from Fox San Antonio’s CASH FOR KINDNESSprogram (LINK 5). 7. Saving Soccer Fans Seeking ShelterManchester City and Napoli are rivals in the UEFAChampions League, and four Man City fans were being pursued by Napoli hooliganslate one night on the eve of a game between the two teams in February 2017. Thefour sought refuge in the Attori and Spettatori pizzareia in the waterfrontarea of Naples.It was there that 59-year-old waiter Giuseppe Liberato suffereda fractured nose and bruised ribs (LINK 6) protecting the four Man City fans asthe hooligans threw chairs, tables, and plates. The Man City fans wereultimately able to escape the frightening scene that one worker assumed was arobbery, and Liberato needed a month off to recover from his injuries. 6. Helping Others in Harm’s WaySam Valencia was a waiter at Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa,California who also served as a caretaker of property on Atlas Peak Road.
OnOctober 8, 2017, the 30-year-old Valencia received a phone call from a friend warninghim to leave because a fire was headed his way.Valencia drove down the road and knocked on the doors of severalneighbors to ensure their safety. He also came across a stopped Toyota pickup withits rear wheel off the ground and tires spinning. The couple inside the truckcredited Valencia with saving their lives (LINK 7), and the waiter was creditedwith saving at least six lives that day. 5. Gag ReflexesKarli Walters’ 9-month-old son Kyle began choking on somefrench fries at a restaurant in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada on August 29, 2016. MychelHendricks was a server who was also a fitness instructor with CPR training. Heultimately helped Kyle spit out the food after the child began to turn purple(LINK 8).
Hendricks was later honored by Kitchener’s mayor and council. On March 7, 2014, a 3-month-old with Down Syndrome began chokingduring a bottle feeding at Longhorn Steakhouse in Harlingen, Texas. JacobEscamilla, a 19-year-old waiter at Longhorn who learned CPR from his sister,was credited with saving the child’s life. He was awarded $400 by GEF Financialand Action 4 News—money he ultimately gave to the mother to help pay formedical expenses (LINK 9).Certain states require establishments to post signsdepicting the Heimlich maneuver or anti-choking techniques, and some statesprovide immunity against civil damages for employees who attempt to assist inthe removal of food lodged in the throats of patrons. 4.
On Board a Sinking ShipMichael Skippen was the headwaiter on the Herald of FreeEnterprise ferry. On March 6, 1987, bow doors left open on the ferry caused thevessel to capsize in shallow water not far from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.The disaster killed 188 people.Skippen was among the fatalities, but many others of the 545passengers were saved because of the headwaiter’s efforts to help them out ofthe ferry’s submerged restaurant (LINK 10). Skippen was posthumously awardedthe George Medal, the United Kingdom’s second-highest civil award bestowed for actsof great bravery. 3.
Quietly Making a DifferenceIn July 2016, an elderly tourist was being mugged andthreatened with a knife by a criminal in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhoodof Washington, D.C., when a waiter at the Dignitary Bar in the Marriott Marquishotel ran across the street to prevent the attempted armed robbery. The waiterkicked the mugger in the chest before some fellow citizens assisted in scaringaway the mugger (LINK 11).
While the suspect ultimately made off with the victim’s wallet,he did leave behind a shirt and the knife. The waiter did not wish to be identifiedfor his efforts. 2. Blocking the DoorsDuring the London Bridge terrorist attack that killedseven people and wounded 48 others on June 3, 2017, terrorists attempted toenter Arthur Hooper’s Bar in Borough Market.
Sergio Farina, a waiter originallyfrom Spain, was seen on surveillance video barricading the doors with his ownbody weight (LINK 12).Farina was credited with helping one pedestrian takeshelter in the restaurant, but prevented an attacker from gaining entry. Farinasaid he “could have left, as everyone did, but I would have left 28 peoplebehind.” 1.
Singing a Different TuneOne segment in the 1966 NBC documentary”Mississippi: A Self-Portrait” featured Booker Wright, a black waiterat Lusco’s in Greenwood, Mississippi, singing the menu to the largely whiteclientele. Wright openly discussed the racism he endured as part of his job,saying that he was motivated to provide a better life for his three children. “Justremember, you got to keep that smile,” Wright said (LINK 13).Wright ultimately owned and operates his own restaurantand bar, Booker’s Place, but he was shot and killed by a black customer in hisown establishment.
Wright’s comments in the documentary still established himas an important part of the civil rights movement.