Ridge Quarles, an employee at a Kentucky Qdoba restaurant, extended himself far beyond his work requirements when he helped feed a disabled customer.
Over the past five and a half years, Quarles has gotten to know the customer rather well, WAVE News reports. On occasion, the woman, who uses a wheelchair, would get dropped off at the restaurant by a bus that helps adults with disabilities.
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"Sadly enough, she has to sit outside the restaurant until someone notices her, or another customer that's coming in has to let her into the building," Quarles told WAVE News. But as time went on, Quarles and other employees got used to her routine and would assist her inside the restaurant.
The employees don't even know the woman's name, but they know her order well.
"She's been in so many times that we actually know exactly what she wants to eat," Quarles said. Taco salad with hot sauce and cheese for lunch, and a burrito with hot sauce and cheese for dinner.
One afternoon, while Quarles was setting the woman's meal up at a table, she asked if he would help her eat. Without hesitation, Quarles began to feed the woman her burrito.
That's when Dr. David Jones, another customer, pulled out his cell phone to capture the moment. He wanted Quarles' act of kindness on video to show his friends that "there's still good people left in the world," he told WAVE News.
But Quarles didn't extend himself to the woman to become an Internet sensation.
She needed help, he said. "If I wasn't going to do it, no one was."