Viral Facebook post claims man sat in Denny’s for 2 hours – then did the unthinkable

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A man’s apparent act of kindness at a Denny’s in Utah is both heartwarming and heartbreaking, according to a post that has gone viral on social media.

The man walked into the Denny’s and immediately asked a staff member to be seated at a table that was served by a single mother, Love What Matters posted on Facebook and Instagram.

The staff member thought the request was “very odd,” but coincidentally happened to have a co-worker named Crystal who was a single mother, the post claimed.  For the next two hours, the man sat at his booth, not ordering anything, but watching families that came in.

The caption of the photo — allegedly written by the staff member that seated him — read, “7 families came in and ate while you were there and you paid every one of their bills, over $1,000 you paid for people you didn’t even know. I asked, ‘Why did you do that?'”

The man told her, “Family is everything, I’ve lost all mine.”

The caption continued:

“Looking into your eyes while you said that made me tear up (It’s why I walked away so quickly) as soon as I got in the back I broke down in tears because your eyes had so much pain in them.

“I just wanted to let you know, the waitress Crystal that you requested was living in a shelter with her son until she was able to save up enough to get a place. Your bill was $21.34 and you left her a $1,500 tip, because of you she gets her new place next week, because of you 7 families ate for free.”

Crystal told me she prayed the night before for a miracle and God sent you.

You left before any of us could say thank you, I hope you read this because you’re truly an amazing person and you stole the hearts of every one of us here. Thank you.”

The Facebook post has been liked more than 360,000 times and shared more than 160,000 times as of Friday evening.

Denny’s corporate offices would not comment on the viral post.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - New security measures are coming to Lambert Airport. The TSA will begin using explosive-sniffing dogs in the passenger screening process.

Wheeling through Lambert feels like a different world from Brussels, Belgium. Yet those images of a Brussels terror suspect wheeling around with his bag and then running off with no bags shortly before the deadly explosion haunt fliers, no matter where they’re traveling.

“I do think about it because now it’s happened,” said Lambert passenger Kaley White, who was flying back to Florida on Friday. “I wouldn’t mind having increased security. As long as it doesn’t take me longer to get through the airport, I’m perfectly fine with that.”

TSA Chief Peter Neffenger told reporters the use of more explosive sniffing dogs for passenger screening will speed up security check points, essentially creating more pre-check lines which have much shorter wait times.

Lambert Airport has explosive-sniffing dogs now but they primarily search planes, cargo, buildings, and vehicles. Starting next week, dogs will be used to sniff out the scent of explosives in the air currents throughout the terminals and at checkpoints.

Andre Williams, a former canine handler for the East St. Louis Police Department who was flying out of Lambert, said the dogs were absolutely the most effective screening tools, adding that the dogs don’t profile.

“As far as the dog knows, he thinks that bomb is his toy. He’s walking around looking for his toy,” Williams said. “It’ll probably make a lot of people feel a lot safer knowing that the bomb dogs are walking through.”

“They’re just smelling; yeah, they’re just smelling,” said Nancy Luciano, a Lambert passenger headed to Chicago. “If we can do whatever we can and use whatever resources we can, we should be doing that.”

“Knowing that they’re there is comfort even that they’re trying. I know those dogs go through incredible training as well,” said Dalsey Lambley, a Lambert passenger headed home to Nebraska.

The dogs are not replacing machines at Lambert. The TSA reportedly has 320 dogs nationwide at present, with most working cargo duty and only 140 trained for passenger screening.

The U.S. Senate added a measure to a security bill to bring that number 500. Lambert's new dogs will debut next week.

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