Many people enjoy going to a fast-food restaurant periodically. Some people even have a schedule of when they go where. It’s easy to have a wave of diners throughout the day, and most restaurant employees don’t pay attention to them all.
However, you’re bound to notice when the same man comes into the fast-food joint every day at roughly the same time. What do you make of it? Do you imagine him being lonely or having eaten with his spouse for 20+ years and not wanting to sit at home now? For one manager, curiosity prevailed, and she had to find out the man’s story.
The manager at Arby’s had been working there for two-and-a-half years. During that time, an old man came in each day and ate alone without fail. Eventually, she wondered about his story and asked about it.
Christina Gamage was the manager and set her watch by Doug Parker’s lunch schedule. This 97-year-old man was a decorated veteran and visited at the same time each day, sitting in the same seat and ordering the same meal. Though she tried to become friendly with the regulars, he was different, and she had to know why!