Looking For Trouble?
Rosalynd Harris was a waitress who managed her time working two jobs because she had to have enough money to cover her expenses, including her college tuition fees. Rosalynd was assigned to work during one of the busiest weekends for that year. During her shift, she was not able to ignore the clique of Texan men who walked into the establishment, Busboys and Poets, and because of their getup, this group of Texan men was standing up like a sore thumb. Rosalynd Harris found it impossible to prevent wondering whether they entered the place to look for trouble.
Anxious And Nervous
Rosalynd Harris was just 25 years of age. The waitress was undoubtedly anxious and nervous about having to serve the group of Texan men. The woman was silently hoping and praying that these people were not looking for trouble, not just for her but also to the other customers inside the establishment.
In a matter of minutes, Rosalyn Harris fathomed out that her first impression of the clique of Texan men was well-founded and fair. However, the waitress never expected it when she saw what the group left behind on the table. There was a saying to see is to believe. However, the 25-year-old could not believe what she was seeing.
Perfect For The Job
The 25-year-old Rosalynd Harris was not the typical waitress. The woman had a lot more to her personality than just being a waitress. Rosalynd was exceptionally passionate when it was about social justice. It was for this reason that Rosalynd was a perfect candidate as an employee at Busboys and Poets, a Washington DC restaurant. The establishment was well-known for having ethnic minority models placed on the walls.
Busboys and Poets
Busboys and Poets was a restaurant at Washington DC and called themselves a “community where racial and cultural connections are consciously uplifted … a space for art, culture, and politics to intentionally collide.” It was why the clique of Texan men wearing red hats appeared to be out of place in the establishment. And more so at that particular time and place.
Make Ends Meet
Aside from being a waitress, the 25-year-old Rosalynd Harris was also a professional dancer, and to be honest, waiting on tables was just one of her ways to earn money to make ends meet. The hard worker fervently prayed that no drama would occur inside Busboys and Poets.
The truth was that the weekend when all of these took place, was incredibly significant about the story. At this time, two exceedingly significant marches were happening in Washington, D.C. that weekend. First was the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. The other one was the Women’s March.
Two Significant Marches
Oddly enough, both of these significant marches happened on the same weekend. The clique of Texan men had gone to the inauguration of the 45th President, Donald Trump. On the other hand, Rosalynd Harris attended the Women’s March.
Sticking Up To Her Beliefs
The 25-year-old waitress was included in the 500,000 people who showed up to march and attend the Women’s March so that she could show that she was sticking up to her beliefs. The moment that the busy weekend was over, many visitors decided to stay in Washington D.C. for a while. One of these visitors was Jason White, who came from Texas together with his other friends.
It might have been fate when both parties met during lunchtime. Both sides would surely learn a lot from each other. Jason White and his clique of Texan friends entered into the Washington D.C. restaurant. Busboys and Poets turned silent the moment the group walked in, and the others, including Rosalynd Harris, stared at the group in disbelief.
Two First Impressions
Rosalynd Harris suddenly had two first impressions about the clique of Texan men. The waiter’s initial assumption was that the group had arrived from out of town. Her next and most likely conclusion was that they came to Washington, D.C. to celebrate the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America.
Don’t Judge The Book By Its Cover
It might have been true that the 25-year-old waitress guessed correctly and was correct with her initial assumptions. However, ever since we were at a young age, we were all taught not to judge a book by its cover.
Jason White, together with his other Texan friends, inevitably came from Texas so that they could celebrate the results of the elections in Washington, D.C. The clique of friends was happy with how the inauguration turned out. Because of this, it should not have been shocking when the group entered the establishment casually while they wore red caps that said, “Make America Great Again. Jason White was the most noticeable in the group because he was proud of his patriotism.
However, even though the first impressions of the 25-year-old Rosalynd Harris about Jason White were right, there was something more about him than just the red cap he proudly wore. It was unfortunate that he wore the cap at the wrong place and at the wrong time.
Jason White was a 37-year-old who was known to be a big family guy. The dentist had a close-knit group of friends back in Texas, his hometown. To name a few places, Jason White went to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Arlington Cemetery during his visit to Washington, D.C.
Out Of Place
If we were honest, the red caps that the group of Texan friends wore caught the eyes of everyone who were inside the restaurant. It was because it was surely out of place inside Busboys and Poets. And even though Rosalynd Harris did not warn them or say anything about the red caps, Jason White whispered to his friends that it would be for the best to take them off while they ate their lunch at the establishment.
When the group of Texan friends sat on their respective seats, the rest of the people inside the establishment stared awkwardly at them. Jason White said, “I told my friend, you need to take your hat off. I don’t want people to think we’re coming in here to flaunt. We’re just coming here to have lunch.”
A Warm Smile
The 25-year-old Rosalynd Harris was still beaming with excitement, which she acquired by attending the Women’s March. The waitress was cheerful when she went to the table of the clique of Texan friends. Rosalynd gave them the menus with a broad smile, and the group returned the smile warmly.
Just Laugh Out Loud
It did not take them long before they started to make jokes with each other. Jason White mentioned that Rosalynd Harris laughed when the clique of friends said that they were from West Texas. The waitress funnily responded by saying that she thought that they were from the South. Afterward, Jason White asked the 25-year-old what her favorite food on the menu was. Rosalynd answered that she enjoyed the avocado panini very much, and the dentist decided to order that from himself because he also loved avocado very much. Jason said, “It was a relief for both of us to just laugh together.”
Breaking The Ice
Once they had broken the ice between them, Jason White asked Rosalynd Harris about the establishment’s history. The waitress was extremely eager to respond to their queries, especially because she was sure that the group of Texan friends had never been in a place like Busboys and Poets.
Name After The Poet Langston Hughes
The 25-year-old waitress told the group that the Washington D.C. restaurant was named after poet Langston Hughes. He was a significant person in the field of African American literature who used to be a busboy before he received fame from his work.
Is This The Last?
Once the waitress was finished taking up the order of the group, Rosalynd Harris decided to let them be so that they could enjoy their lunch. At the back of her head, the 25-year-old thought that it was most likely their last encounter. However, the woman had been proven wrong.
After around an hour, Jason White, together with his friends, already finished eating their lunch. The clique of friends left the establishment after they gave their thanks and also waved goodbye even once they were outside of Busboys and Poets. Rosalynd Harris walked over to their table to clean up everything for the next batch of customers. The waitress also collected the tip they might have left. The 25-year-old was unprepared for what she had seen.
A Note For Her
Rosalynd Harris walked over to the table to clean up and picked up the check. The waitress realized that it had been scribbled with words. Initially, the 25-year-old thought that it did not mean anything. However, a closer look proved otherwise. It was apparent that one of the members of the group had written a note for her.
Reading The Content
Out of curiosity, Rosalynd Harris picked up the note and began to read the content. The waitress soon realized that it was a personalized message just for her, and she became more and more fascinated as she saw the first few words, “We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues…”
A Sincere Message
The more the waitress read on, the more Rosalynd Harris became moved by the sincere message from the stranger. The note also contained the following message, “If everyone would share a smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one person. Not race. Not gender. Just American. God bless!”
The Power Of Smile
The heartfelt note incredibly touched the 25-year-old waitress that Jason White left behind. Rosalynd Harris was amazed by the power of smiles and how far it had reached other people because it freshened her positivity. And yet, the woman did not expect what came afterward.
A Generous Amount Of Tip
The clique of Texan friends had a bill of $72.60 for all the food they ate for lunch. Rosalyn Harris was surprised when she found out that the group had left behind a hefty tip for her with an enormous amount of $450. Most waitresses would be thrilled to receive a tip of more than 20%. However, 625% was simply unbelievable.
45th U.S. President
Jason White mentioned that his tip that amounted to $450 was an acknowledgment of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America. For the dentist, it was a symbolic gesture in which he sincerely hoped that all Americans would be able to march forward hand in hand.
Jason White did not inform his other friends about what he did. However, he felt so touched about everything that he had observed in the capital city during the weekend. And it was not just for the election of the President but also the Women’s March.
Jason White could still remember the influential figures that were plastered on the Washington D.C. restaurant’s walls, Busboys and Poets as if he was still there. The dentist thought about the coincidence of how the inauguration of the 45th President lined up on the same weekend as the Women’s March. The odd coincidence inspired Jason White, and he realized that these were two examples of the American people expressing their values.
It was also interesting to note that Jason White was also a devout Christian, and he felt that both events were representations of what it meant to be a citizen in America. He also mentioned that he was so touched when he observed the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The man had thought about how it did not matter who the President was and politics aside, they still performed the exact 21-step tradition.
Act Of Kindness
Jason White was undoubtedly inspired, and he started to wonder how much he had in common with the others, although it might not have been evident at first glance. It included how the waitress, Rosalynd Harris, served and waited for him and his friends with a smile despite her initial assumptions. It was what inspired his act of kindness.
More Things In Common
Jason White also mentioned that he wanted Rosalynd Harris to realize that they most likely had more stuff in common than what it might have originally appeared on the surface. In an interview, Jason White said that while he was sitting there, he thought about everything that he had experienced for the whole weekend. The dentist thought about how the majority of American people have preconceived opinions of one another and said that “then we’re never going to get better.”
Real And Authentic
Rosalynd Harris was moved with both the sincere note and the massive tip that Jason White had left her with. The waitress had surely been incredibly moved and emotional. The woman mentioned how a person usually assumed that if someone chose to support Trump, they would already have some negative ideas. However, the waitress was surprised that Jason White “was more embracing than even some of my more liberal friends, and there was a real authenticity in our exchange.”
At The Perfect Moment
The heartfelt note already moved Rosalyn Harris. The waitress did not deny that the hefty tip arrived at the perfect moment for her. The 25-year-old had just taken extra shifts because she had to transfer to another apartment. The woman had no idea whether she had enough cash to cover the initial expenses. It was why the $450 tip “is a huge weight off my shoulders,” she said.
“We Rise by Lifting Others”
Rosalynd Harris confessed that she had also been guilty of prejudice, and yet, the group of men still handed her a hefty tip. The waitress was given a gentle reminder that most Americans would prefer unity regardless of their opinions about politics and “not to be afraid to connect with someone as human beings.” She continued by saying that the experience “definitely reshaped my perspective. Republican, Democrat, liberal are all subcategories to what we are experiencing. It instills a lot of hope.” The two did not know yet that they would soon be reunited.
Rosalynd Harris and Jason White did not post any details related to their experience on social media. However, the co-worker of Rosalynd Harris posted a photo of the receipt on Twitter. It soon went viral, and the story won the hearts of millions of people. It was why both Jason White and Rosalynd Harris had no choice but to be a part of the public’s awareness. Rosalynd Harris gave a surprise call to Jason White via FaceTime, and it was the first time that the two had talked ever since their initial encounter at the Washington D.C. restaurant, Busboys and Poets.
Rosalynd Harris and Jason White were finally caught up with what they had been through since their fateful encounter. While they were talking, the two agreed that there was a significant misunderstanding that most people had upon reading the story.
The majority had started to interpret the story in a way in which neither Rosalynd Harris nor Jason White agreed to. The waitress mentioned that she honestly wished that people did not interpret the act of kindness as “this white guy helping this black girl,” and that the generous gesture was because of love and compassion. Jason agreed to her statement and said that it was not really about him or Rosalynd. The dentist just wanted to make an example for everyone that they should “stop and think a little bit before they judge people – on all sides.”
Warmth And Sincerity
Both Jason White and Rosalynd Harris saw their fateful encounter as a lesson of unconditional love for a stranger no matter who they were and what their physical appearance was. Jason mentioned, “We have to think about being better Americans, we have to look into ourselves and how we treat one another. If everyone did a little something to show respect… we can love one another.” The two ended their sincere FaceTime call with Rosalynd Harris sending over a virtual hug and Jason White blowing a virtual kiss in response.