LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An act of kindness doesn’t have to be big to make a difference.
The Qdoba restaurant in Louisville has its fair share of regular customers.
“It’s just not about making people’s food. It’s about what kind of positive impact can I have on somebody else’s day?” said Jim Schroeder, the general manager at the restaurant.
Several weeks ago, a couple of regulars and an employee crossed paths and taught everyone in the restaurant something about kindness.
“We helped her get in because she was out in the parking lot, so we helped her get in,” said Dr. David Jones.
“She didn’t get to get out of her house very often, but whenever she did, she always told me, ‘Ridge, this is my most favorite place to eat,'” said Ridge Quarles, an employee at the Qdoba.
Ridge says he would see her from time to time being dropped off by a bus that helps people with disabilities.
“Sadly enough, she has to sit outside the restaurant until someone notices her or another customer that’s coming in has to let her into the building,” said Quarles. “By now, she’s actually been in so many times that we know what she likes to eat.”
Her order is always the same; a taco salad with hot sauce and cheese for lunch and a burrito with hot sauce and cheese for dinner.
“Helped her through line and sat her out in the lobby, got her a drink, got her utensils and a napkin and kind of started to walk off. And I was like, you know, ‘Is there anything else I can help you with?’ And she turned around and she was like, ‘Sir, if you don’t mind, could you help me eat?'”
“He didn’t stop to think about, ‘Well, should I help her? Should I not?’ He just went over, put the gloves on and started feeding her,” Dr. Jones said.
Dr. Jones was so impressed, he knew he had to get it on video.
“I said, ‘I don’t know, I think I’ll just send it out to some of my friends and say, ‘There’s still some good people in the world,'” said Dr. Jones.
“I mean, she needs help and if I wasn’t going to do it, no one was. Who else is going to do it?” said Quarles.
It only took Quarles a few minutes, but it had a lasting impact.
“It seems to me that if everybody in the world would just use the little simple gift that they have to maybe benefit somebody else, think what the world would be like,” Jones said.
Quarles has since left Qdoba to take a full-time job elsewhere, but he remains close to some of the regulars.
He’s attended birthday parties and was even invited to attend a wedding of two regular guests.