An American veteran named Robert Nieman who fought in World War II was surprised with a special birthday gift when he went out to Outback Steakhouse for a celebratory dinner.
To the surprise of Nieman, his son, and the two other people eating dinner with them, the bill was paid for completely by a random couple who was eating at the restaurant!
Bob Nieman, Robert Nieman’s son, who spent 27 years in the police force, wrote about the random act of kindness. He tells the story of how this all came about, saying that because his father was wearing his USS Lexington hat, a couple decided to pay the entire $58.59 bill.
The waiter came over and told Nieman’s party that their bill had been paid. On the check was written “Thank you for your service!!” The check was signed “Very Grateful Americans.”
Nieman the younger wrote about his father’s military experiences, noting that “He is one of the last remaining plank owners of the USS Lexington CV 16.
He served there most of WWII and was taken off by a medical ship in 1944 when he was the only surviving member of his gun crew that was not killed by a Kamikaze that hit his gun turret. My dad attends the Lexington Reunion of all ship members & their family’s that ever served every year.”
This is no doubt an experience that is sure to bring a smile to both of the Niemans’ faces. As the son put it, “My Dad is my hero & this was I think more of a happy moment for me than him, seeing someone appreciate him in this way actually brought a [sic] tears to my eyes.”
Stories like this renew our faith in humanity! Who doesn’t love hearing about kindness? Share this with your friends and family, and remember to pay it forward!