Lisa Meilander went out to eat with her family at Eat'n Park in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania. While there, they got to witness their server Dylan Tetil act in a very touching moment with one of his other guests.
Melander took a photo of server Tetil kneeling down next to a 91-year-old veteran and then sitting in the booth directly across from him. She wrote on Facebook the story that unfolded in front of her,
The elderly gentleman was seated in the booth directly across from my family as we ate dinner Saturday night at Eat'n Park in Belle Vernon. We really didn't see him come in. But we did notice when our server, Dylan, dropped to one knee to look him eye-to-eye as he got ready to take his order. The man apologized for not hearing too well. He had forgotten to put in his hearing aids. He talked about how he lost his hearing during his time in the war. He was 91 years old with many stories to tell. Dylan patiently listened giving him his full attention.
Eventually the man apologized for talking so much. "I'm alone now," he said, "and I don't often have someone to talk to." Dylan smiled and said he enjoyed listening. He then helped him figure out what to order and left to take it to the kitchen. It was a touching site. I wanted offer to pay for the man's dinner, but before I could flag down Dylan, a man seated at a nearby booth asked Dylan to bring him his check. "Someone's already taken care of it," Dylan smiled. I guess we weren't the only ones eavesdropping on the conversation.
After the man received his food Dylan came back to say he was on a break. He asked if he could sit with the gentleman as he ate. As we left the restaurant the two of them were conversing and many people seated nearby were smiling. It was a touching sight.
With all of the negative stories about our youth today this was a breath of fresh air. I wonder if I would have been as kind and attentive if I were the one working there. One thing's for sure, if you are ever at Eat'n Park in Belle Vernon, ask for Dylan. If he's your waiter you're certain to get great service.
Tetil told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "He mainly just told me his war stories from World War II and his life. He kind of seemed like he felt under-appreciated [...] no one around us minded it because they knew what was happening."
To make the story even better, Meilander went to go pay for the veteran's meal, but someone else in the restaurant beat her to it.