A deaf Whataburger cashier in Texas was unknowingly photographed while working his job, and the photo has gone viral on the Internet.
21-year-old Kolbie Sanders had just finished waiting tables. Given it was late at night and both she and her boyfriend were hungry, the couple visited the local Whataburger fast-food restaurant for a quick bite to eat. They arrived, and quickly opted to order inside as there was a long drive-thru wait.
The line inside wasn’t any better. The two chose to wait, but after making no progress in a few minutes, Kolbie took a closer look at what was holding the entire line up. What she observed left her completely stunned.
A deaf cashier was having a hard time understanding a customer’s orders. She says, “the cashier looked [at the girl in front of the line] smiled, and very faintly said ‘I am deaf, can you please talk slower?'”
But what the customer did next shocked Kolbie. In fact, it touched her so much that she recounted the entire event on Facebook.
Read on below to find out what the customer did. It’s going viral!
I’ve never posted something like this but I just really want to share what I witnessed tonight
My boyfriend and I were starving and the Whataburger down the street was calling our name so we went (we were going to go through drive-thru but that line was way too long so I decided to go inside instead)
I went inside and realized the inside line was a bit long too but I was too hungry to go anywhere else, so I waited. (the time is almost 1am because I work nights)
I realize the line isn’t really moving so I start paying attention as to why, because there were several people working in the back. That’s when I notice the cashier talking to a young couple in front of me. The girl ordered her food and the cashier just looked at her, smiled, and very faintly said “I am deaf, can you please talk slower.” The girl lit up and said “oh, of course!” and I heard her slow down her order for him. He still wasn’t able to catch on so he smiled again, and got a piece of paper and a pen for them to write down their order. They did so without hesitation. Without a sign of impatience, just pure joy and genuine kindness to be helping that young working man do his job.
I watched even after I placed my own order to see how everyone would react to him, to see if anyone would lose their temper with him taking extra long or get impatient because they were having to be hungry even longer, and I was surprised because not one person acted rude or impatient. Every customer complied with him and wrote down their orders without any complaints, just smiling back at him.
I’m sharing this for two reasons. One, because he is a deaf person and has a job. He is disabled and is able to work at a place that forces him to strengthen his disability by communicating with people daily. He is a special person that was given a fair chance at a job and does so willingly and with a smile on his face. THAT is utterly impressive and remarkable. Kudos to Whataburger alone for allowing this young man to work
And second, with how twisted the world is becoming and after seeing so many people bully others on a daily basis, I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to see these small acts of kindness demonstrated from so many different people. Seeing people forget their pride or their problems or even their hunger is something you don’t see often. But at the end of the day, it’s about others, not ourselves.
This was eye-opening for me and I will never forget that moment
Kolbie is spot-on. In a world where we constantly hear about prejudice and injustice towards others, it’s refreshing and heartwarming to see others treat a man with a disability like any other employee. The amount of respect and kindness these customers showed this deaf cashier is inspiring, and I hope others will be inspired by this story.
Disabled human beings are still humans, and they can often perform a task just as well as any one else.
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