This Waitress Is Blown Away By Customer’s Tip

She works two jobs to keep her kids fed, clothed, and sheltered, serving at Denny’s while working a second shift at a local nursing home when she isn’t waiting tables. On top of that, she’s back at school, working to get her degree.

Already stretched incredibly thin, the mom was devastated when her car got towed just ahead of the Christmas holidays.

For single mom Trisha Murphy, the holidays looked like they were going to be particularly stressful this year. Then, she got a miracle delivered in the form of a kind stranger sitting at one of her tables at work.

Already stretched incredibly thin, the mom was devastated when her car got towed just ahead of the Christmas holidays.

The $735 bill for the tow wiped her out, leaving her short on funds and desperately searching for a way to make Christmas happen for her kids after all.

When she walked into her shift at Denny’s one day, her heart sank. Already contemplating what other jobs she could work to raise the money she needed for presents, the sparsely populated restaurant floor gave her little hope that she’d be walking away with much that day at all.

“I racked my brain,” she said, “as to how I was going to pull this off.”

Knowing she had a job to do, she bit her tongue and put a smile on her face.

One of her few customers, she wrote later, was a table of three men. They weren’t overly well-dressed, and looked a bit grungy; while she was polite and friendly, she expected them to be “average” tippers.

The conversation eventually turned to the upcoming holiday.

Murphy tried not to be a Grinch but admitted that she was only invested in the holiday for her children. As much as she worked at it, she couldn’t hide her stress from her voice as she talked about how things were going to go this year.

One of the men joked that he was Santa—and although Murphy initially thought he may have been trying to get friendly, she realized his true motives when the bill came.

Normally, Denny’s customers bring their receipts up to the hostess stand to check out, but the man was adamant that Murphy be the one to cash him out.

Confused, she went to close out the bill—then broke down when she realized that he’d tipped her $500.

“Merry Christmas, my dear,” he told her on his way out.

“I don’t know this man’s name, but I hope he realizes that he literally saved Christmas for my children … Yesterday was the day I met Santa!”

She couldn’t believe what her eyes were seeing when she read the bill. As it sank in, she realized—the man hadn’t been joking about being Santa at all as far as she was concerned. Her holiday had been saved—and it was all thanks to him.

‘JOHN WICK 3: PARABELLUM’ HAS AN OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE

The most unlikely action franchise in years continues next May.

Few would have thought the 2014 mid-budget action thriller John Wick would not only contain some of the best fight sequences in years or one of the all-time best Keanu Reeves performances, but that it would be the first entry in what’s fast becoming one of the hottest franchises out there.

John Wick: Chapter 2 could have phoned it in but instead honored and expanded on the original’s legacy, retaining its penchant for brutal, believable action while adding to the overall mythology of what now has to be one of the most intriguing fictional universes out there. It also left a hell of a gate open for John Wick 3 and, well, guess what’s coming out almost exactly one year from now?

Details are still thin, but the movie is filming as we speak, with Reeves involved alongside Ian McShane, Common, Laurence Fishburne, and Ruby Rose reprising their roles from the earlier movies. Popular Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada has also joined the cast, and you’ve gotta imagine there’ll be some other wild big names added before this movie comes out.

John Wick 3 is out May 17, 2019

 

13-Yr-Old Says He Wants To Run Away, Then Tells Officer To Go Look In His Room…

When you’re a police officer you never know what kinds of calls you’re going to get. And you never know when one of those calls will change your life forever. After 13-year-old Cameron Simmons made a distressed call to the Sumter Police Department, Officer Gaetano Acerra went to check in on him.When he started talking to Cameron, the boy told him that his mom was yelling at him for playing his older brother’s video games and he wanted to run away from home, but Officer Acerra sensed there was more going on.
That’s when Cameron took the police officer into his bedroom. Officer Acerra couldn’t believe what he found.The room was completely empty. There was no bed, no dresser – Cameron’s clothes were just thrown in a trash bag on the floor.Acerra learned that Cameron’s mom had fallen on hard times after making an unexpected move from Texas to South Carolina to care for a sick relative.Acerra talked to the boy and convinced him not to run away, but little did Cameron know that the officer was planning something much greater.

He thought he picked a group of helpless victims (Video)

Brazil is one of most violent countries on Earth. Almost 60,000 people were murdered there in 2014, to say nothing of kidnappings, rapes, assaults and robberies. According to a 2016 NPR report,

While some Latin American countries have higher per capita murder rates, in absolute numbers, Brazil is the deadliest place in the world outside Syria.

In other words, it’s a good place to have the means for armed self defense. But as a Bloomberg opinion piece (yes, Bloomberg) titled Why Brazil’s Strict Gun Laws Have Misfiredillustrates, the country’s gun control laws keep almost all civilians disarmed, making them easy targets for Brazil’s huge criminal class.

André Bevilaqua is no stranger to guns. He hunted as a kid, and carrying was a part of the protocol when he auctioned confiscated property at the regional court, where debtors frequently demurred. But when the Rio de Janeiro attorney set out to buy a .380 caliber pistol last year, he hit a rainforest of red tape that only a Brazilian bureaucrat could love.

A year later — after a thicket of questionnaires, hefty fees, a criminal background check, a psychological evaluation, a written exam and a shooting test, and a house call by three firearms inspectors — the armed forces finally green-lighted his purchase. I heard the contorted tale as I tagged along with Bevilaqua to the gun shop last weekend to pick up his gun.

That’s the drill in Brazil, where law-abiding folk submit to a state-stewarded via crucis in the name of public safety. Meanwhile, it’s de facto open carry for the busy criminals who’ve turned Brazil into a continental kill zone.

So the man in the video below had every reason to believe that no one in the crowd of women and children he approached outside a school would present a threat. Why, then, was one of the women packing a pistol? Because she’s an off-duty military police officer. And we’d guess that she — along with everyone else on that corner — is awfully glad she was carrying.

Here’s a (slightly awkward) Google translation from a Portuguese language news report.

A military off duty police officer, who had gone to a Mother’s Day celebration at the school where her daughter is studying in Suzano, shot a suspect in front of the unit. According to the Military Police, the 21-year-old suspect was carrying a .38 caliber revolver and had already approached other mothers awaiting the opening of the gate, as well as having searched the school’s security to see if he was armed.

It’s not clear what the man’s motive was when a approached the group and drew a gun.

A video that circulates through social networks shows the moment the suspect approaches a group of women and children and points the gun at a person. Right now, next to him, is the police officer, who pulls a gun and fires at the suspect. The people in front of the school run. The suspect falls to the ground and the policeman walks away. She approaches the suspect again, pushes the weapon he wears and surrenders.

Having taken at least one round center mass, this Brazilian criminal won’t be terrorizing any more women and children.

Police also said that the suspect, who had already shot a shot that did not hit anyone, made a second shot, which failed. That was when the police officer approached the suspect. The suspect was rescued to the Santa Casa de Suzano, but it did not resist the injuries and it died.

It’s a shame that more law-abiding Brazilians don’t have the option of protecting themselves in the same way. And that America’s dedicated civilian disarmament advocates would like nothing more than to see our laws become more like Brazil’s.

Via: Thetuthaboutguns.com

His kid was slacking in school, so this Dad handled it in an epic way.

When Kurn Keys’ 14-year-old son came home with his report card, the father was less than pleased with what he saw.

“His report card wasn’t reflective of what we’re doing in our household,” said Keys. “It just wasn’t reflective of the fact that we have running water, lights, internet, and a bunch of other things that I didn’t have as a kid.”

According to Keys, his son’s grades starting falling when he took more of an interest in friends, girls and social media. Keys decided to come up with a creative way to motivate his son instead of punishing him.

He wrote a message in permanent ink on his son’s new shoes: My Grades Matter.

“Every day until those grades are A’s and B’s, I don’t care about what I spent on the shoes; I need this message to come across every day he looks down at his feet.” Air Jordans range from $100-$400.

Keys used his son’s shoes to drive home a point about education, and we think it’s awesome.

The hashtag #MyGradesMatter has gone viral on social media sites, encouraging others to put grades first.

That’s a message we can ALL stand behind!

Bad News Alert: Bacon Will Kill You As Fast As Cigarettes

Evidence shows undeniable link between bacon and cancer.

Bad news, bacon lovers, your favorite breakfast meat may just give you cancer. So confirms a comprehensive survey just published by the Guardian, itself following up on the bombshell report on the matter that you may recall from late 2015.

At the time, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that bacon, sausages, and other processed meats cause cancer such that they were placed in the same group 1 carcinogenic category as arsenic, asbestos, and cigarettes.

“The WHO advised that consuming 50g of processed meat a day – equivalent to just a couple of rashers of bacon or one hotdog – would raise the risk of getting bowel cancer by 18% over a lifetime,” the Guardian wrote, adding that consumption of processed meats causes some 34,000 additional cancer-related deaths worldwide each year.

WHO made its decision after reviewing exhaustive evidence provided by 22 scientists and 400 studies from ten different countries. This information took into account data from several hundred thousand subjects.

At the core of all this research is the fact that processed meats — which include deli favorites such as pastrami, salami, some sausages, and hot dogs — are made by smoking, curing, salting, or adding preservatives.

When people consume large quantities of these additives, they are at risk of developing cancer — specifically bowel cancer, according to the World Cancer Research Fund.

“People who eat a lot of these meats are at higher risk of bowel cancer than those who eat small amounts,” wrote the NHS. Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Europe and the third most common worldwide, according to Cancer Research UK.

Following such scary news, bacon sales took a sharp dive, with “British supermarkets reported a £3m drop in sales in just a fortnight,” according to the Guardian.

However, several years after the initial report, sales have rebounded. Nevertheless, the Guardian warns, the danger of bacon is very real — even though the bacon industry has gone to great lengths to keep that from the public, a trend that continues to this day.

If you’re not sickened by the news, you can watch the Science Channelvideo below on how bacon is made:

South Dakota Governor Signs Law Allowing Guns In Schools

South Dakota on Friday became what’s “believed to be the first state to pass a law that specifically allows teachers to carry firearms,” as The New York Times writes.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) signed the “school sentinels” bill that gives districts the right to “create, establish, and supervise the arming of school employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers.” In some other states, less specific provisions in current laws could give school employees the right to carry arms. As NBC News has reported, 18 states “allow adults to have a loaded gun on school grounds, usually as long as they have written permission.”

After training, teachers and other staffers in South Dakota could choose to bring guns with them to school if their districts want to set up “sentinel” programs.

South Dakota’s Argus Leader writes the the law signed today was “hotly debated this legislative session … it was pitched as a way for small schools without nearby law enforcement to protect themselves against shooters or other dangers.”

The Rapid City Journal says the law has been enacted “despite opposition from the education community.” Don Kirkegaard, superintendent of the Meade School District, tells the Journal that “I just wish … everybody would have talked a little bit together before we started passing legislation.”

The law’s passage and signing follows, of course, the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 students and six educators dead.

Under the new law, before creating a sentinel program a school district must “obtain the approval of the law enforcement official who has jurisdiction over the school premises.”

The law goes on to state that:

— “Any person who acts as a school sentinel … shall first successfully complete a school sentinel training course as defined by the Law Enforcement Officers Standards Commission.”

— Districts may not require any teacher or school employee to arm themselves, and “no individual teacher or other school employee may be censured, criticized, or discriminated against for unwillingness or refusal to carry firearms pursuant to this Act.”

— “The failure or refusal of any school board to implement a school sentinel program does not constitute a cause of action against the board, the school district, or any of its employees.”

— “A decision by a school board to implement a school sentinel program pursuant to section 1 of this Act may be referred to a vote of the qualified voters of the school district by the filing of a petition signed by five percent of the registered voters in the school district.”

— “Any person, other than a law enforcement officer or school sentinel acting pursuant to section 1 of this Act, who intentionally carries, has in his possession, stores, keeps, leaves, places, or puts into the possession of another person, any firearm, or air gun, whether or not the firearm or air gun is designed, adapted, used, or intended primarily for imitative or noisemaking purposes, or any dangerous weapon, on or in any elementary or secondary school premises, vehicle, or building or any premises, vehicle, or building used or leased for elementary or secondary school functions, whether or not any person is endangered by such actions, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

“This section does not apply to starting guns while in use at athletic events, firearms, or air guns at firing ranges, gun shows, and supervised schools or sessions for training in the use of firearms. This section does not apply to the ceremonial presence of unloaded weapons at color guard ceremonies.”

We asked in December whether teachers who have “concealed weapons” permits should be allowed to have guns in schools. Nearly 58 percent of those who answered said yes; about 42 percent said no.

Source: npr.org

CHIVALRY ISN’T DEAD – MAN PROPOSES WITH RING IN BOX OF CHICKEN NUGGETS

Who said chivalry was dead?

Karsyn Long is such a fan of McDonald’s that her boyfriend, Kristian Helton, decided to propose with a ring in a box of chicken nuggets.

“She has devoted her life to chicken nuggets, so that had to be part of the engagement. I mean, it was just given,” Helton told news station WAND.

For a proposal fitting of his McDonald’s-obsessed sweetheart, Helton stuck the diamond ring in a chicken nugget and wrote “Will you McMarry me??” inside the box.She said yes — even though Helton is the first to admit she probably would choose McDonald’s over him.

McDonald’s has offered to cater the wedding.

h/t NY Post