TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Hard times sometimes bring out the best in people. Check out one man's generous act of kindness as he helped spread some joy amid all the fear and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis.
A businessman from Michigan was eating at Aunt Chilada’s in Tempe Thursday, when he began hearing from employees that the restaurant would soon have to close its dining section.
When the man was about to leave, he asked bartender Jeff Moore how many people were working this evening. Moore told the man that ten employees were working.
What that customer did next caught everyone off guard. "He handed me a stack of ten $100 bills and told me to distribute it among the staff."
Moore's fellow employees were shocked. "It was a lot of stunned faces," Moore said.
The businessman didn't give his name or ask for anything in return. But it definitely made a huge impact on the employees on the receiving end. "It's such a great feeling," said Moore. "I was so grateful to him, and we couldn't thank him enough."
The rest of the staff agreed. "Good people are out there, trying to help others, and we're not alone," said employee Lucero Rivero. She says the kindness makes her want to pay it forward as well.
Employees hope their anonymous guardian angel will see this report and realize how grateful the staff is.
The gesture couldn't have come at a better time since this is the restaurant's last night for dine-in guests, and, starting tomorrow, it will be take-out only.