LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A grateful mother’s Facebook post has gone viral after an Arkansas Olive Garden waiter went above and beyond to make sure everyone enjoyed their meal.
Exhausted and hungry, Dallas French says she and her family went to the Little Rock eatery after leaving the Arkansas Children’s Hospital where her 4-month-old daughter, Ellee, had just tested positive for E. coli, according to WPVI.
Once they got to the restaurant, French’s tough day got worse.
“I was trying to make a bottle and spilled it all over me and the floor,” she wrote in a Facebook post. “Our waiter (wish I knew his name) watched all that had happened and just had brought our salad and bread sticks.”
Unable to eat until her daughter was fed, French started making another bottle – and then their waiter, Robert Davis, surprised everyone.
Davis said, “Here, let me feed her and you eat,” French remembered. “This melted all of us … he didn’t even know what we had went through that day and showed us love and understanding – not irritated that I had made a mess and my baby was screaming.”
Davis said when he saw French struggling to eat and feed her infant daughter he didn’t think twice about offering to hold the bottle.
“I’ve got three kids, I know what that moment is like,” he said. “If someone came up to feed my kids I would love it.”
Davis says he keeps his phone off at work and had no idea he was going viral until he finished his shift Sunday around 8 p.m. and saw the notifications.
“I saw all these Facebook notifications and at first I thought, ‘Hey that’s nice, it got a thousand views,’ (and) now it’s past a hundred thousand or whatever it’s at now.”
He says he can’t believe the attention that the photo is getting – customers at the restaurant are even requesting to sit in his section.
“For doing something so non-intentional … it wasn’t for this reason at all,” Davis said. “The only reason I did it was because the baby was so cute I wanted to look at her longer.”
Olive Garden commented on the post:
We will be sure to share these kudos with our Little Rock team so this team member can be recognized! Thanks for sharing this and for dining with us! See you again soon!