‘I almost cried’: Photos of restaurant server sitting and talking with 91-year-old veteran go viral

BELLE VERNON, Pa. —

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Photos of a Pittsburgh-area server sitting and talking with a veteran have gone viral on social media.

The photos show Dylan Tetil sitting with a 91-year-old man as he ate his dinner at Eat’n Park and kneeling to take his order so the man could hear him better.Advertisement

“He was very emotional,” Tetil said. “He was actually crying when he was talking to me, when he was talking about the war. It just really hit a soft spot in my heart, honestly. I almost cried, and I’m not a crier.”

Lisa Meilander posted the photos to Facebook, which has nearly 170,000 reactions as of Monday evening.

She witnessed the two in a nearby booth.

“The man apologized for not hearing too well. He had forgotten to put in his hearing aids,” she wrote in the Facebook post. “He talked about how he lost his hearing during his time in the war. He was 91 years old with many stories to tell. Dylan patiently listened giving him his full attention.

“Eventually the man apologized for talking so much. ‘I’m alone now,’ he said, ‘and I don’t often have someone to talk to.’ Dylan smiled and said he enjoyed listening,” she wrote. “He then helped him figure out what to order and left to take it to the kitchen. It was a touching (sight).”

Lisa Meilander is with Dylan Tetil. (From Facebook)

August 17 at 5:28 PM · Google Photos · 

The elderly gentleman was seated in the booth directly across from my family as we ate dinner Saturday night at Eat’n Park in Belle Vernon. We really didn’t see him come in. But we did notice when our server, Dylan, dropped to one knee to look him eye-to-eye as he got ready to take his order. The man apologized for not hearing too well. He had forgotten to put in his hearing aids. He talked about how he lost his hearing during his time in the war. He was 91 years old with many stories to tell. Dylan patiently listened giving him his full attention. 
Eventually the man apologized for talking so much. “I’m alone now,” he said, “and I don’t often have someone to talk to.” Dylan smiled and said he enjoyed listening. He then helped him figure out what to order and left to take it to the kitchen. It was a touching site. I wanted offer to pay for the man’s dinner, but before I could flag down Dylan, a man seated at a nearby booth asked Dylan to bring him his check. “Someone’s already taken care of it,” Dylan smiled. I guess we weren’t the only ones eavesdropping on the conversation. 
After the man received his food Dylan came back to say he was on a break. He asked if he could sit with the gentleman as he ate. As we left the restaurant the two of them were conversing and many people seated nearby were smiling. It was a touching sight.
With all of the negative stories about our youth today this was a breath of fresh air. I wonder if I would have been as kind and attentive if I were the one working there. One thing’s for sure, if you are ever at Eat’n Park in Belle Vernon, ask for Dylan. If he’s your waiter you’re certain to get great service.

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