Customer takes photo of man cutting in line to pay for military meals
The man had no clue his photo had been taken until it surfaced online with multiple responses pouring in from strangers.
Catherine Marucci

Members of the military go through a lot of difficulty and danger to perform their noble task of protecting the country. Thus, it only feels right that, as civilians, some of us might want to show gratitude for their sacrifices and service.

These gestures can be something as simple as saying, ‘Thank you for your service,’ while encountering them in public. They can also be something a bit grander. An excellent example of such is what one Jack’s fast food restaurant diner did for the servicemen and women he saw lined up for breakfast one morning.

Breakfast treat

The heartwarming event was captured in a snapshot by another diner at the Jack’s in Holly Pond, Alabama. He then sent it to his son and posted it on Facebook. Recalling the events of that morning, the bystander, Levi Lawrence, said that the man was in line to order at the counter. That was when he noticed the group of military members in uniform ahead of him.

The man then reportedly cut to the front of the line to offer to pay for all the meals the soldiers standing were having. As per Levi’s post, the generous stranger ended up buying twelve meals, plus the ones he bought for his own family.

While it wasn’t confirmed where the uniformed members of the military were stationed, there are no bases in the town or nearby towns.

Levi Lawrence via Facebook
Levi Lawrence via Facebook

Not out of character

Since its posting, the photo has made its rounds on the social media platform and has garnered attention from people all over the country. It has already been shared thousands of times so far.

So, it’s not really surprising that the initially anonymous good Samaritan was eventually identified by people who saw his picture and read his story. And according to those who know Jeremy Williams, the deed isn’t really out of character for the guy.

Although he wasn’t tagged in the post, Jeremy still received plenty of praise in response to the photo posted on Facebook.

A Facebook user named Brenda Smith commented acknowledging Jeremy’s son who was pictured next to him in the photo:

“Thank you, sir, for your kindness — very nice gesture for servicemen. God Bless you and your son!!!!”

Another person, Therese Marascalco, exclaimed:

“This is an example of what this world needs more of! Thank you, sir, for such kindness!”

Meanwhile, another user, Sheila Howard Drake, even said that she and her grandchildren were actually there to witness the event unfold.

Pixabay via Pexels
Pixabay via Pexels

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Spotlight via Facebook

This act of kindness by a civilian towards members of the military can’t help but remind us of a similar event that happened in Columbus, Georgia. In this case, it was the soldier and his mother who shared about the experience on social media.

In the post, the duo sent out their thanks to the anonymous diners who generously paid for their meal at Samurai, a Japanese restaurant. The son, who was completing his basic training at Fort Benning, was wearing his uniform when they decided to grab a bite to eat with the rest of the family.

The mother wrote in the same Facebook post:

“This weekend, I went to visit my son at Fort Benning with my daughter and mother. He is at basic training, and it was family weekend.”

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By Catherine Marucci
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Catherine Marucci is a contributor at SBLY Media.