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Everyone Stopped Eating When They Saw What A Waiter Did For This Woman

A lot of people have had bad experiences at restaurants where the servers  were rude or ignored them. But one photo has been spreading across the internet that proves there are some amazing waiters out there who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Joe Thomas has worked at the IHOP in Springfield, Illinois for 11 years. He has his regulars and treats everyone like they are family.

"I love the people. I just love my life, and I love the way I am," he told CBS News.

Thomas had become familiar with a couple who were coming into the restaurant once a week. He noticed that the woman's husband would help her eat her food first before even touching his. The woman has Huntington Disease which causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.  

Thomas decided that the man deserved to eat his food hot, so one day after he delivered their breakfast he sat down with them and waved her husband away and started cutting up her eggs.

"I didn't really offer. I just started doing it. I told the gentleman to 'Sit down, eat your food. I got her," Thomas explained.

The man was surprised but grateful and since then it has become their routine every time the couple comes in.

"I really treat people like I want to be treated. If I get to be that age and something happened to me I would want someone to help me out," Thomas said.

Keshia Dotson was at the restaurant when she noticed this behavior and she snapped a picture. She shared it on her Facebook with the comment "Today while visiting your Springfield, IL location on Dirksen I witnessed a very touching moment involving one of your servers. A man and disabled women were dining and your server sat down with them and proceeded to help feed the disabled woman while her companion enjoyed his food. My faith in humanity has been restored a little today."

Thomas hopes that by hearing his story others will consider doing nice things for strangers, "Remember that movie, 'Pay It Forward'? That's what I'm hoping for."

So go out there and make Joe Thomas proud!

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