Customers Jump Up to Help Run Restaurant When Chef is Left Alone After Staff Emergency: “Beautiful to witness” Milla Deyn Published in Mar 2021 A popular restaurant in New Zealand’s Huntly, called Thai Food Huntly, was crowded with guests. A staff family emergency left the chef being the only one left to serve hungry patrons. What happened was an actual act of kindness that enchanted the whole planet. Emily Puhi arrived at Thai Food Huntly and saw that all tables were full. People were queuing, waiting to pay or to pick up their take-out food. Soon, Puhi overheard that the chef was all alone in this trendy restaurant. Since he was busy doing his job, cooking, he wasn’t able to collect money, pack food or collect orders. The chef needed help, and instead of complaining and yelling, as we usually do when we wait, the customers did something extraordinary. Suddenly, a woman who was waiting to pay grabbed some paper and started waiting tables for him. Another customer then jumped in to do the dishes. Even the workers from the neighboring shop offered their help. Emily, who was part of this act of generosity, said to the local newspaper: “With the permission of the chef, the worker from next door ran the tills to make sure everyone paid,” She concluded: “It was such a beautiful feeling.” The term customer service became something more: an example of humanity and generosity at its finest. Emily wrote on her Facebook page: “Frowns turned to smiles, and grumpy waiting turned to patiently waiting. What an awesome place to live in.” This story really restored our faith in humanity. No wonder the story went viral since this is the kind of news we desperately need.