Fast Food Employee Cuts Food for Struggling Disabled Man, Endearing Moment Caught on Video


It was a simple act of kindness that left a Cedar Hill, Texas, man grinning ear to ear.

Mike Lara was in Dallas for work when he stopped at a Whataburger for lunch. He noticed a man enter the restaurant, using a wheelchair and struggling to use his right arm.

The man ordered his meal and sat down at a table. When his food arrived, an employee brought it to him.

The man had some difficulty speaking, but the employee understood what he was trying to communicate. The employee asked the man if he wanted help cutting his food.

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“Yes,” the man said.

Without hesitating, the employee stood at the man’s table, cutting up his food like it was no big deal.

To her, it wasn’t a big deal. But to Lara, who didn’t expect to see such kindness, the gesture was incredibly heartwarming.

Lara took a short video on his phone and praised the Whataburger manager and staff for handling the customer’s needs with such grace.

“You wouldn’t think that would be part of their job,” Lara told WFAA. “It was a privilege for me just to be there and watch it.”

In a world so inundated with gloom and doom, Lara left the Whataburger feeling inspired.

“I needed it that day,” he said.

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When WFFA staff spoke with the Whataburger manager, they learned of a second heartwarming component of the store’s culture.

The man in the wheelchair is a regular customer, so the staff went above and beyond to make sure he was always taken care of. The entire staff, the manager said, is trained to help the man by cutting up his food whenever he asks for help.

“We don’t see that a lot, and you know we need to see that from time to time,” Lara said.

The employee herself was not available for comment, but Lara wants her to know that her actions were encouraging.

“It was very inspirational, and I’ll never forget it,” he said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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