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Busboy's Apple iPad burnt to a crisp thanks to his mom, customer helps finance a new one

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Busboy's Apple iPad burnt to a crisp thanks to his mom, customer helps finance a new one
Here is a nice, warm and fuzzy story for the holidays. 16 year-old Clay Lawson lives in Nelson County, Virginia and works as a busboy at the Cavalier Diner in Charlottesville. One of his most prized possessions was an Apple iPad. We say "was" because his iOS flavored slate came to a tragic end. How? Well, Lawson had placed his iPad on top of some cardboard boxes which his mom was tossing into a fire pit at home. Result? Fried iPad.

Lawson couldn't simply replace his iPad. How could he on a busboy's wages? He had saved up for some time to buy the now burnt beyond recognition tablet, which he hoped would help him with his school homework. Upset at the loss of his iPad, which he had only owned for days, Lawson still had to take his next shift at the diner. And that is where some of the holiday magic starts. Donna Drumheller, a server at the diner, is a friend of the Lawson family and started to spread around his sad tale to co-workers.

A customer overheard Drumheller talking about Lawson and after asking some questions about him, he left. But he returned an hour later with a $360 Best Buy gift card earmarked for the busboy. The good news is that the busboy has already replaced his iPad with a new one, thanks to the benevolent diner customer who wants to remain anonymous.

"It's really amazing. I am still in shock that someone went out of their way to do this for complete stranger," said Lawson. "I’m going to try to be a better person just from learning from this experience."-Clay Lawson, busboy and iPad owner

So go ahead and pass this story on and tell it to those cynical sorts who don't believe in holiday magic. Let them know that magic still exists.


source: WVIR via CNET

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posted on 07 Dec 2013, 14:15 16

1. Rayvelynn (Posts: 124; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)


Aww that's so sweet. That has restored my faith in humanity.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:21 6

12. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I love hamburgers.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:36 12

14. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Hamburger fanboy the hotdog has more apps and is more powerful!

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:50 5

24. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 2227; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


Yes, but what both hamburger and hotdog fan both fail to realize is that sushi is Open (Roll) Source, and open always wins.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 17:38

26. o0Exia0o (Posts: 900; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


I don't care what anyone says, bratwurst is where its at! I meant look at how customizable it is. Cheese, no cheese, jalapeños, even beer! What else could anyone ask for?

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 17:48

28. tedkord (Posts: 12247; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I have a sushi addiction. It's costing me a lot of money. Bad form mentioning it to me....

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:47 1

36. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Whatever.. Cheez it's are live, and have information that updates at a glance... Quite delicious too, might I add.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:42 1

34. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Lol❕❕ Hamburger hatter.. Some old stupid argument.... Hamburgers will be on top I tell you.. You just wait and see..

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:55

25. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14200; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Really guys? Was that absolutely necessary?

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 17:39 3

27. o0Exia0o (Posts: 900; Member since: 01 Feb 2013)


YES IT WAS! Would you rather us fight over OS?

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 18:13 1

30. Finalflash (Posts: 3216; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Easy everyone, we just have to realize it's all about preference. No one items fits everyone, personally I like sushi but my bro likes hamburgers, it's all about personal taste.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:52

37. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Neckbones FTW❕❕

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:43 1

35. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


When you see fanatical WP fans, and fanatical Android fans laughing it up it is most definitely necessary❕❕

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 02:16

45. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


You look like a hot dog kind of guy... Let me tell you that hamburgers have already dethroned your precious dogs, dawg!

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 04:51

54. Tamer81 (Posts: 37; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


He prolly stole it and made up the whole story. Come on..got i for free? Just teasing guys! Humanity has HOPE! I'd rather have an Windows 8.1 tablet though..

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 14:17 10

2. tedkord (Posts: 12247; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That is a nice story. Always nice to hear these stories, especially this time of year.

I heard another one on the radio the other day, about a coder who offered a homeless man near his job a choice of either $100 on the spot, or a couple of months of teaching him how to program. Surprisingly, the homeless man took the training, the coder gave him a laptop and spent months teaching him. Now, he is just publishing his first app or program. Don't remember the exact details, but it was a nice listen.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 14:37 5

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


That's incredible. Kudos to the man for jump starting a future for himself.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 14:39 6

5. 14545 (Posts: 1605; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Goes back to the old saying. Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime. This shows why government handouts don't work. Government aid should be tied directly to some sort of training/education. That way we can get people off the government books.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 14:47 5

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I heard that story too, the guy's name was Leo and he's developing an app called Trees for Cars. The story is touching

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 14:56 3

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/24/learning-to-code-on-the-street/

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:38 1

16. tedkord (Posts: 12247; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The story caught my ear because it was a sports talk station.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 07:35

48. mattkl (Posts: 212; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


That's a great story. That guy can now better his life and maybe others. Kid with an iPad, just a kid with an iPad. Person who helped him out did a great deed. Clay, still just a kid with a new iPad learning bad life lessons. Learn to take care of your beloved items and know that you won't always be given handouts.

Who puts their device on boxes about to get burned? I ponder this because if you go by the details of the story the boxes must have been in their final spot before burning since the iPad would have been seen or slid off if the mother still needed to relocate them near the burn site. Now if this is not true then the mom should have seen the iPad I believe, since it was said to be on top. This isn't a tiny box colored iPhone 5c they're talking about. Sounds like a lot of carelessness got rewarded.

Props to the kind donor still, they went above and beyond.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 14:36 5

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Whatever change I have, I always donate it. The other day, a homeless person was outside my job with Chicago's bipolar 17 degree weather. I had just gotten paid and bought the man a complete meal and hot chocolate. Its the little things in life that can change a person's life forever.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:01 9

21. saurik (Posts: 86; Member since: 13 May 2013)


If you're doing good, you don't need to show off. Just like the man who gifted this guy a $360 didn't want his identity to be revealed.
Actions speak louder than words.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:29

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Show off... Now why the hell would I do that? Of all people, ME?

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 18:15 1

31. Finalflash (Posts: 3216; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Why not, let the guy mention it. Congratulate him and inspire others to do the same with or without recognition. Let people be greedy for a good thing, we certainly recognize them for hording billions. So Yea, good work smurf.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 21:32

38. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Thank you. People like him need to do more for others. Just saying.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 17:50 2

29. darkkjedii (Posts: 22060; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


That's wassup yo. +1 smurf. I'm my line of work, I encounter lots of homeless people, I don't give cigarette and beer money, but I will feed them in a heartbeat. I can't stand to see people hungry.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 21:33

39. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 06:58

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 22060; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No "that's"

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