If you work for a restaurant, especially as part of the wait staff, you are expected to look clean and neat because you are serving food.
Brian Maixner who works at ‘Doo-Dah’ Diner in Wichita, Kansas is clean cut, has neat clothes, and a sunny disposition that makes him among the best waiters the restaurant could ever hope for. There was just one problem: he had very crooked teeth!
The diner’s owner Timirie Shibley had some reservations about accepting Brian but he proved to be a professional who knows how to make customers feel welcome to the diner. While he had a cheerful personality, he didn’t flash his smile too often as he was also afraid the customers will be turned off by his cavity-filled teeth.
Timirie also felt constantly afraid that a customer would complain about Brian. So, when Oklahoma lawyer Fred Boettcher approached her one day to talk about Brian after the latter served a big party he hosted at the diner, Timirie got a little scared.
But her fear turned to happiness when the lawyer expressed his wish to help the server.
“This young man, he just touched me. I’ve had a couple of restaurants in the past and I know how important appearance is. He was a clean-cut guy with a smile like an angel, and I thought, ‘I’ve got to help,’” he said.
It turned out Atty. Fred needed a lot of dental procedures in his youth and knew how costly these could be. He also knew that Brian would have wanted to get his teeth fixed as those cavities are surely causing him pain; however, because the single dad had to prioritize his son’s needs, fixing his teeth was at the bottom of his budget list.
The lawyer promised to pay for Brian’s dental procedures which would amount to $25,000! Today, the cheerful Brian had more reasons to smile – not just because he had good teeth now but because he knows there are still a lot of kind people in the world who would readily help a stranger in need…