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A Blind Couple Ordered Food at Wendy’s. What Happened Next Stunned Those Who Watched

Fast food is about the speed, isn’t it? Not always.

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BY Chris Matyszczyk - 13 Sep 2018

A Blind Couple Ordered Food at Wendy's. What Happened Next Stunned Those Who Watched

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Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

 

Ask and ye shall receive.

Sometimes, Americans take this biblical suggestion a little too far.

Ask becomes demand. Receive becomes deserve to receive and right now.

A blind couple at a Wendy's in Albuquerque, New Mexico, however, neither demanded nor expressed any suggestion that they deserved special treatment.

They placed their order, just as anyone else would.

Wendy's employee Richard Wise-Attwood isn't just anyone else.

At least, that's what another customer -- Cindy Griswold -- observed. So much so that she felt compelled writing about it on Facebook:

He made sure the table was in a good spot and he carried the sodas, straws, napkins, ketchup and of course, he place [sic] the food in the right order, so they knew who's sandwich was in front of them. He went back several times to make sure everything was fine.

These sound like simple gestures.

They're simply not the sorts of gestures many might bother to make.

As Griswold wrote:

He didn't do it because [it] is part of his job, he did it because he wanted to help from the bottom of his hear[t].

I've been feeling a touch sentimental this week, especially about fast-food employees.

When you have a low-paying job that requires a high degree of tolerance, it's tempting to just do it and go home.

Instead, some still go out of their way.

Yesterday, I wrote about a delivery driver for Jollibee in the Philippines.

He was stopped by a 92-year-old woman and asked what he did for a living.

When he explained that he delivered food, she assumed he'd just take her order.

Rather than just laugh in her face, he grabbed his phone and placed the order for her.

As for Wise-Attwood, he had no idea Griswold took pictures of him or that she posted about him on Facebook.

He explained to KRQE-TV that all he was doing was showing basic humanity:

They were cool, they were real nice, didn't bother anybody, they didn't ask for help. I just did it because I knew they needed it.

The needs of others aren't high on many people's to-do lists these days.

Their own needs are, after all, far too broad and important.

Yet stories like this are often passed around as examples of a humanity that's not quite dead. Yet.

Because we want more of this, yet somehow rarely get around to contributing some of it ourselves.

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