Brian Maixner is the guy in the red shirt down there. He's a waiter at the Doo-Dah Diner in Wichita, Kansas.
Unfortunately, Maixner has struggled with serious dental problems since he was a kid. He was missing teeth and many of the ones he did have were infected. He didn't have the money to get them fixed either.
All of that changed, incredibly, when Maixner waited on an out-of-towner who happened to stop by the diner. Attorney Fred Boettcher told local reporters that he struggled with similar dental problems as a child.
When he saw Maixner's smile, Boettcher decided to do something really special.
Boettcher went to Doo-Dah Diner manager Timirie Shibley and asked if he could tip $25,000 on top of his meal to make sure Maixner could get a new set of chompers.
"No matter what religion you might be or whether you even believe in an afterlife, the way to be satisfied in your life is to be kind to everybody and be as generous as you possibly can be," Boettcher told the local news.
So how does Maixner look after several trips down to Boettcher's dentist in Ponca City, Oklahoma?
Maixner said he's learning how to talk again and has to stay on soft foods for a bit, but the whole thing has changed his life. “I’m enjoying the heck out of this,” he said.
Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.
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