I Lost My What at Taco Bell | Danny's Universe

Have you ever had a feeling that something just wasn't right?  

Maybe you couldn't put your finger on it at the time, but it was a feeling just the same.

I had that feeling today.  I was driving down the street, and knew I was missing something.

So, I did what I usually do.  I mentally went down my list as I drove.

Glasses? Check.  
Phone? Check.
Camera? Check.
Hat? Check.
Money clip?  Money clip?

Where was my money clip?  I pulled the car over and, after re-checking my pockets, looked through my cup holders, and... Oh no!

Then all of a sudden it hit me!  It's at Taco Bell, and I was pretty sure I knew exactly where it was.

As I pulled in, the lot was empty.  I immediately looked at the ground where I was parked only minutes before.  

It wasn't there, but I was pretty sure I knew what happened.

About a half an hour before my frantic search, I had walked into Taco Bell.  I was greeted in an unusually professional manner.

"Hello.  Welcome to Taco Bell.  My name is Kevin.  How may I assist you today?" said the smiling 40-something year old man.

I proceeded to order.  I was just having a burrito and small, triple layer order of nachos and ice water.  Some may call this a meal, but for me it was a late afternoon lunch/snack. 

Kevin and I exchanged a few more words.  I was struck by his level of professionalism.  I later learned that he had moved to town a couple of months ago, and had been in the military at some time in his life.

"I thought you may have served in the military."  I said, "You are really good at your job."

He said, "Thank you.  That means a lot coming from you."  We talked a little more.  Then he said, "If you like what I'm doing, can you please visit the website on the back of your receipt, and mention how satisfied you were with my performance?"

Note: Although, I put Kevin's words in quotes, this may not be word-for-word.  He may have said it even more politely than I am conveying here. 

I told him I don't normally do surveys, but in this case I would be happy to do so.

As I sat down to eat, I couldn't help but notice what was going on around me.  He was cleaning the dining room, and talking to people.  

When one group of ladies left they said goodbye, calling him by name.

It seemed that he was making a positive impression on everyone he came in contact with.  

I thought to myself, I'd better fill this out, or I will forget.  I don't want to lie to this guy.  He deserves to be recognized for his hard work.

I completed the survey, ate my food, threw my trash away, and got up to leave.  The food was ok, but my time with Kevin was where the real value came from. 

I said goodbye before I left.  If I hadn't been so mesmerized by him, I would have noticed that I had left my money clip on my tray when I threw my trash away. 

Fortunately, the can was clean, other than my own trash.  I sure wish I had drank all of my water though!

When I went back the second time, Kevin was gone.  I found my money clip, and had a fellow customer take a picture of me digging through the trash.

Thanks for reading,
Love one another

Disclaimer: I believe the philosophy I put forth here.  I believe my points are valid.  However, all situations are not equal.  If you are in dire need please speak to a respected faith leader or professional counselor in your area.  The thoughts and opinions here are my own and should not take the place of professional advice.

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