Our actions towards people usually come back to us, sometimes sooner than we expect. It is common for people to treat others depending on their appearance. The well-dressed and seemingly reputable people are commonly accorded much respect while those in less appealing clothes are granted little courtesy. It seems that people will never learn that such judgment should not be based on appearance.
In fact, we should not judge at all. Not only is it biblical teaching, but it is also a virtue that needs to be incorporated in all societies.
The story of one waitress who served her boss without knowing it is still going viral on social media. When the owner approached the counter, she did not see her boss, and neither did anyone else. They saw what he wanted them to see and to his disappointment, they all treated him with as much respect as the value of his clothes. All except the waitress. The woman demonstrated exceptional kindness that touched him deeply. He rewarded her for her good heart and walked out. She only learned his true identity a few minutes after he left.
Homeless people are some of the people who suffer the most disrespect and disregard in the society. The restaurant owner wanted to test his staff and see how they would treat a homeless person. He found some rags and dressed himself to look like one, then approached the restaurant.
Once he entered, everyone looked at him as if he was lost. From the customers to the staff, everyone glanced at him as if to let him know that he did not belong there and that he should get out. Some conversations even died down while others (probably about the homeless man standing at the entrance) started.
The ‘homeless’ man made his way to the service counter, and all the eyes followed him there. He found a waitress who was working her shift and asked for food. Anyone would have expected her to call security on him or even throw him out herself. What happened, however, left everyone amazed and ashamed.
The woman listened to him patiently then offered to serve him as if he was just as regular a customer as those who were sitting and staring at him. She placed his order and shortly afterward, she served him his food, packed as nicely as it would have been for any other customer. The man thanked her and went to eat.
The man finished his meal and left the restaurant, and people could not believe what had just happened. When the woman went to clear the table, she found something she did not expect; a hundred-dollar tip. It did not make sense; this was a homeless man who had been begging for food a few minutes ago. How could he afford to tip her a hundred dollars?
Much later, it dawned on her that the homeless man she had shown kindness earlier was not so homeless after all; it was her boss! She had passed his test, and he had awarded her for it. When the story was shared over the internet, many people who were there at that time felt ashamed of themselves. They had just learned a valuable lesson; kindness, just like love, should be unconditional.