It turns out that not everyone writes awful things on restaurant receipts. According to WFAA-TV, Debbie Riddle and her husband Shaun were the recipients of a very kind note on their check from the West Side Cafe in Forth Worth, Texas. The Riddles — who are regulars — were dining at the restaurant last Thursday when their waitress Kayla Lane recognized them. The last time Lane saw the couple at the restaurant, they had their newborn baby Glory with them. Lane asked where the baby was and Riddle had to tell her that Glory had passed away in May. Debbie Riddle notes in a Facebook post, "[Lane] felt so horrible for asking, but she was so sweet."
When it came time to pay for their meal, Debbie says she was handed a note that said, "Your ticket has been paid for. We are terribly sorry for your loss. God Bless." Lane refused to accept a tip from the couple as well. The waitress paid for the meal herself but says that she "didn't want any recognition": "I just simply wanted the satisfaction of being a helping hand in a time of deep sorrow for this family." So far, the Facebook post of the note has managed to gain 14,290 likes and has been shared over 9,000 times.
Typically, when a receipt gets attention it is because someone scrawled something offensive, rude, or racist on it. In April, an impatient customer of a Thai restaurant in California had to wait 15 minutes for his order during an exceptionally busy night. Instead of leaving his server a tip, he left him a mean note containing a racial slur. Just a few months before that, a Pennsylvania man was surprised to find that his receipt for a takeout order from a sports bar featured the term "nigga."