Qdoba employee helps disabled customer eat

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CNN) — An act of kindness doesn’t have to be big to make a difference. All it takes is a few minutes and compassion for another person.

“It’s just not about making people’s food, it’s about what kind of positive impact can I have on somebody else’s day?” said Jim Schroeder, General Manager of a Louisville Qdoba.

Several weeks ago, a couple of regulars and an employee helped a disabled woman.

“We helped her get in because she was out in the parking lot so we helped her get in,” said Dr. David Jones, who frequents the store.

“She didn’t get to get out of her house very often, but whenever she did, she always told me, ‘Ridge, this is my most favorite place to eat,'” said former shift manager Ridge Quarles.

Her name and story are not known, but Ridge would see her from time to time, dropped off by a bus that helps people with disabilities.

“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,” said Quarles.

“By now, she’s actually been in so many times that we know what she likes to eat,” he continued.

A taco salad with hot sauce and cheese for lunch, a burrito with hot sauce and cheese for dinner.

“Had helped her through line and sat her out in the lobby, got her a drink, got her utensils and napkin and kind of started to walk off and I was like, you know, ‘is there anything else I can help you with?’ and she turned around and she was like, ‘sir, if you don’t mind could you help me eat?'” said Ridge.

“He didn’t stop to think about well, should I help her, should I not, he just went over, put the gloves on, and started feeding her,” said Dr. Jones.

A simple act.

“I mean, she needs help and if I wasn’t going to do it, no one was,” said Quarles. “Who else is going to do it?”

It only took him a few minutes, but it’s had a lasting impact.

“It seems to me that if everybody in the world would just use the little simple gift that they have to maybe benefit somebody else, think what the world would be like,” said Dr. Jones.

Ridge has since left Qdoba for a full-time job elsewhere. He says he got very close to some of the regulars in his time there. He attended birthday parties, and was even invited to attend a wedding of two regular guests.

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