Waitress gets emotional after learning little boy’s dad is deployed and plans sweet surprise

Jan 3, 2019

When a little boy told a waitress that his dad was on deployment overseas, his mom didn’t expect the waitress to pick up their tab and also give a sweet note of encouragement.

Emily Infinger took her then-4-year-old son, Ben, to Texas Roadhouse in Virginia Beach for a meal in May 2016. The little Ben shared with their waitress, Sabrina Carver, about his Navy dad coming home soon.

Posted by Emily Infinger on Sunday, June 24, 2018

“[Ben] said, ‘Mommy, can I tell the server about Daddy being on the boat?’ I said, ‘Sure, you can tell her if you want to.’ So when she came over, he said, ‘Excuse me, I have something to tell you, my daddy’s on a ship and he’s out right now,’” Infinger told WAVY.

Carver was touched on hearing this and shared the moving incident with two other co-workers, and together they made the decision to pay for the family’s meal.

“I immediately went back in the kitchen, because I couldn’t stand there anymore,” Carver recalled. “It broke my heart.”

Posted by Emily Infinger on Thursday, April 20, 2017

“We automatically wanted to help,” said Katie Gearey, one of Carver’s co-workers. “And kind of give back to a family that’s given so much to our community in general.”

Other than paying the bill, they also wrote an encouraging message that read, “We know things are not easy when dad’s away, so tonight, this one is on us!”

Posted by Emily Infinger on Saturday, April 1, 2017

Infinger was overwhelmed by their actions and broke down into tears.

She explained in her Facebook post that she was touched because the servers didn’t know that her husband had to set off again after returning home briefly from a 13-month deployment, and she had no job at that moment.

Tonight Ben and I went to eat at Texas Roadhouse. While waiting for our food Ben told the server, Sabrina, that his…

Posted by Emily Infinger on Sunday, May 22, 2016

“I was just really touched by the fact that somebody didn’t know me… and they could still do something so nice,” Infinger said.

“They are the reason why I still have hope in the human race,” Infinger wrote.

“It’s not about the money. It’s about the fact that they did something so caring and I can only hope to get an opportunity to pay it forward,” she added.

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