Customer Gives Mega Tip So Single Dad Can Get Dental Work, Reason To Smile

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Customer Gives Mega Tip So Single Dad Can Get Dental Work, Reason To Smile

A waiter found himself completely transformed after a generous tip.

For years, Brian Maixner, a waiter at the Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita, Kansas, had several missing teeth as well as tooth decay. However, the single father was unable to afford care. This all changed when customer Fred Boettcher, who was struck by Maixner’s upbeat attitude, approached the diner’s owner with a request to leave the waiter an incredible tip – dental care valued at thousands of dollars.

“I was in shock. I was trying to wait on their table, but I was crying a bit,” Maixner said of his initial reaction to the news.

For the last two months, Maixner has received dental work paid for by Boettcher, and last Wednesday, he unveiled his new smile to his friends and customers.

“My friends on Facebook went through the roof.” Maixner said about his new flashy grin. “I’ve been getting a lot of people stopping me in public.”

The friendly waiter has dealt with dental problems since childhood, and has been working to eventually pay for dental insurance. But even with severe tooth problems, Maixner sported a big smile at work — a quality that Boettcher appreciated.

“I took one look at this young man and knew he was something special,” Boettcher said. “He carried himself with such kindness and confidence with a mouth that looked painful. I was struck by that.”

Boettcher, who also experienced dental problems in his younger years, sent the waiter to his own dentist who treated Maixner andpulled his remaining teeth. He was then fitted for dentures. Though Maixner isn’t finished with his procedures and has to wait a few more months before he can get dental implants, he says that he already feels like a changed man.

It’s a transformation, he says, that wouldn’t be possible without Boettcher’s sense of compassion.

“This man doesn’t know me and this is something I could never afford to do for myself. It touched me so much that he cared” said Maixner.

Read the short version of Brian’s story and fill in the missing words from the text.

Brian’s had several teeth decayed or …………… (1). Still, he had a very …………… (2) attitude at work. One day a …………… (3) in the restaurant where he worked left him a generous …………… (4). He paid for all the dental …………… (5) that Brian needed but could never …………… (6) to have. The dentist …………… (7) Brian’s remaining teeth and gave him …………… (8). Finally, he will get dental …………… (9). His friends went through the …………… (10) when they saw his new smile.

Key:

1. missing

2. upbeat

3. customer

4. tip

5. care / work

6. afford

7. pulled

8. dentures

9. implants

10. roof

Vocabulary

tip

borravaló

tooth decay

fogszuvasodás

upbeat attitude

vidám viselkedés

dental care

fogászati kezelés

to wait on a table

felszolgálni

dental work

fogászati kezelés

to unveil

leleplezni, megmutatni

flashy

villogó, feltűnő

to go through the roof

el van ragadtatva, ugrál örömében

grin

mosoly

insurance

biztosítás

severe

súlyos

to sport a big smile

szélesen mosolyogni

confidence

magabiztosság

to pull a tooth

fogat kihúzni

remaining

megmaradó

to fit for

alkalmassá tenni

dentures

műfogsor

dental implant

fogászati implantátum

compassion

együttérzés

can afford to do something

megengedheti magának

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