IHOP Server Took Away Disabled Woman’s Fork And Started To Feed Her – Video


A server at an IHOP in Springfield, Illinois is being recognized for his grace and compassion after he helped a disabled customer eat her meal. On Saturday, customer Keisha Dotson snapped a photo of server Joe Thomas, 43, helping a diner who was sat across from her husband. She watched as Thomas would take a napkin and lightly dab the woman’s mouth after feeding her.

She then posted it to IHOP’S Social media page, and it has since gone viral.

‘Today…I witnessed a very touching moment involving one of your servers,’ Dotson wrote. ‘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 says he was raised to be kind and was simply doing what he could for a regular customer.

‘I just love helping people,’ he told WAND-TV. ‘Every Saturday they’ll come in and they don’t even need menus or anything. I know exactly what they want. ‘My mother and father always told me to treat everybody as equals, no matter what race, creed, color, whatever,’ Joe said. ‘Treat everybody equal.’ He said the woman has trouble eating because of her Huntington’s Disease, which causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain.

Her husband usually steps in to help her eat, but on this occasion Thomas wanted the couple to enjoy their meal together. ‘I always see him stop eating to feed her and I was like “heck if I’m not doing anything why don’t I go feed her so he can eat and everyone can be happy?”‘ said Thomas to Fox News. Thomas told CBS that he decided to sit down and started cutting up her eggs, while allowing her husband to eat his food while it was still warm.

‘I didn’t really offer. I just started doing it,’ Thomas told CBS. ‘I told the gentleman “Sit down, eat your food. I got her.”‘ His co-workers also heaped on the praise regarding his work ethic. ‘Joe has been doing it for a long time with these customers, and they are really great,’ said one. ‘Ever since I started working here every weekend that couple comes in and he feeds her every single weekend,’ said another.

As soon as his photo went viral Thomas started to read the overwhelming amount of support he was getting. ‘It really felt good for somebody to actually see another person is doing something and take notice. ‘It felt good, but at the same time I was like I really don’t care for the recognition to much because it’s just something that should automatically be done regardless,’ said Thomas. ‘I am out there to help anyone if I can, don’t really look for anything in return just have a good day and that’s it,’ he added. Thomas said that since the photo was posted, he’s been offered the opportunity to become a nurse.

This is how people reacted to this post:

Kathleen GreenThis is why you never look down your nose at someone because of their job. He’s a waiter at an IHOP but a bigger gentleman than most living the guilded life.

mcroflzI wish the news was littered with hero’s like this guy , imagine what that could do to children seeing these actions all their lives

jacqueline schaelThis young man was well brought up. He was taught good values and principles.

melody mooreThis young man is so genuine and speaking as a Nurse, I’d like him as part of our team. It’s just in him. That’s how Nurses should be.

maddmunkee2This is the most incredible gesture that speaks volumes not only who this person is as an individual but the impact he has made with his kindness to others

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