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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: 123; 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: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I love hamburgers.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:36 12

14. Shatter (Posts: 2030; 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: 1079; 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: 396; 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: 4920; 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: 3556; 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: 3556; 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: 3624; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Really guys? Was that absolutely necessary?

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 17:39 3

27. o0Exia0o (Posts: 396; 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: 1799; 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: 3556; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Neckbones FTW❕❕

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:43 1

35. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3556; 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: 377; 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: 32; 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: 4920; 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: 8553; 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: 1116; 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: 1459; 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: 1459; 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: 4920; 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: 173; 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: 8553; 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: 8553; 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: 1799; 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: 8553; 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: 11765; 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: 8553; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 06:58

46. darkkjedii (Posts: 11765; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


No "that's"

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 14:44 2

6. jroc74 (Posts: 4926; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I just wish there were more stories like this. Actually...there has been over the past year. Hope the younger generation take notes...

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 14:50 2

8. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Wow, very unselfish of the stranger who did that act of kindness just from overhearing them talking about it.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:08 2

10. JEverettnow (Posts: 202; Member since: 11 Mar 2013)


Its weird how things like this make the news and spread like wildfire. Kindness is great, but its an Ipad. I think $360 could be best used for a family in need or something like that. This almost seems like a PR stunt. What a culture we live in when a kid who loses an Ipad is considered a sob story. Smh

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:18 3

11. 14545 (Posts: 1116; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I kind of agree. Also, he should have been smarter with a device he paid a few hundred dollars for.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:33 1

13. stealthd (Posts: 968; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Could you be more dead inside? It's kind of sad how quick you are to say it's a PR stunt, which makes no sense, no company is really involved here.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 07:57

49. mattkl (Posts: 173; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


He did not say it WAS a PR stunt. Please read and comprehend.

"This almost seems like a PR stunt."

He typed with doubt. The words almost and seems do not in any way convey that he believes with certainty that it was a PR stunt.

Your last sentence is actually the one that does not make sense.

"It's kind of sad how quick you are to say it's a PR stunt, which makes no sense, no company is really involved here."

You may be able to assume correctly that when he said "This almost feels like a PR stunt." that he was referring that this must be a stunt to get positive attention for Apple? The diner he works at? Maybe you're right, perhaps you aren't. Possibly you think that only companies have public relation issues? Guess what I know with certainty? You don't know, so stop with the matter-of-fact attitude, it does not suit you.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 09:04

55. McLTE (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


What would have really made this an incredible story is if the kid said.. wow, thanks for your generosity.. instead of paying $500+ to replace my iPad, I'm going to buy a Nexus tablet and donate the rest to someone less fortunate.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:37 1

15. tedkord (Posts: 4920; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


There's no doubt that could feed a lot of poor people for Christmas dinner.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:47 6

18. Havok125 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


You are in no position to judge kindness and charity. If it bothers you so much then go ahead and donate 360 dollars to an organization that will feed the homeless. Oh yes, you won't because people like you like to talk out of their ass and people like you shouldn't be allowed to post because of your ignorance. That kid worked hard and wasn't given his initial ipad and a stranger who knew the value of hard work recognized that. That's is the kind of society that we live in where we work hard and save for what we want. Next time you try to approach it with a genuine attitude but really try to ruin the moral of the story, just shut your mouth.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:54

19. 14545 (Posts: 1116; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Wow, such a hypocrite. You don't know OP's story to even start to judge him. Geez. Also, he's not really wrong. There are many times better uses for 360 dollars in donation. I'm not judging the donation, just making a general observation. You are inferring something about OP that you really don't have a clue about. There are plenty of homeless people that regularly go without food, and that is a better use than a poor kid that made a mistake with his multi hundred dollar device. Sure it sucks for him, and is sad in its own right. But to say that OP is wrong for his statement is being just as bad as what you claim him to be.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 21:42

40. AlexanderDaKing (Posts: 4; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Oh here we go, another idiot. I do not need to know his story nor do I care to even care. All I needed to know was how he responded to this post. Your post on the other hand has no validity and making a point about numerous homeless people is generic. If he had an opinion about charity and how he did not agree to how a person showed it because it was in a form on an iPad(an apple product what a coincidence that you and him are so tickled by my comment) then he should go ahead and go out and give up his own money to his choosing. Truth like I said is that he will not and just likes to judge as his comment made it very clear. You on the other hand, shut your mouth and keep it moving because your point is generic and nonsense.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 22:11

41. 14545 (Posts: 1116; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Hey genius. I never said anything about the product. In fact, I think it's bad policy to give electronics as gifts due to how quickly they are obsolete. Next, if you are going to call one and idiot, at least proofread your own post. "Nor do I care to even care", WTF is that? The point I was making, not that you can read, was that the 360 could have easily been better spent on homeless shelters, or a college fund for the busboy above. There are DOZENS of better ways to spend that charity. The kid should have known better to just lay his "tablet", regardless of brand, anywhere that isn't safe. I've never lost/damaged a single electronic device I have ever owned. So why does this kid deserve a replacement ipad from a direct result of his own failure over that of a needy family that can't afford gifts to put under the tree? Geez. Also, what's with the alters? I can't speak for OP, but the device brand doesn't matter, it's the point that he was *careless* with it. Therefore does not need to be rewarded with another. Only a moron, like you, would make this about brand identity.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:06

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 11765; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said havok +1 man, very good post.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 07:16

47. mattkl (Posts: 173; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


Wow, kindness and positivity just oozing from this one. @Havok125

"You are in no position to judge kindness and charity."

Then you go on to type this gem:

"If it bothers you so much then go ahead and donate 360 dollars to an organization that will feed the homeless. Oh yes, you won't because people like you like to talk out of their ass and people like you shouldn't be allowed to post because of your ignorance."

Glad you follow your own lead. At least heed your last four words.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 10:02

51. 14545 (Posts: 1116; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Thank you. Clearly he is an idiot.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:58 2

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 11765; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dude you are such a joy joy buzzkill.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 22:20 1

42. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1350; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


what's wrong with buying a iPad , kid wanted to buy something with his hard earned cash so its his choice on buying .

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 15:43 3

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 11765; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Cool story, good for you young man. Nice to see genuinely nice people still around, doing stuff out of the kindness of their heart.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:27 1

22. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


lol! I love his tagline, "busboy and iPad owner"

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 18:49

32. nothingmuch (Posts: 176; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Mom burnt it because he wouldn't do the dishes! :))

JK... its a good story

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 23:42 1

43. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1549; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


What the anonymous customer did was extremely generous. There should be more people like him in the world.

That being said, the busboy who has saved up for this major purchase, leaves this rather expensive device laying on something that's going to be burned only days after receiving it. The way I was brought up, you took care of your stuff or you lost it. I wonder if he will be more responsible next time around, because if he had to replace it out of his own pocket, he'd definitely be more careful. My old Incredible still looks like it did when I bought it, my nieces' & nephew's phones look like they were polished with a belt sander. People don't seem to take care of their stuff anymore.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 00:28

44. robinlim85 (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2013)


android supporter comment are just plain predictable and cheap,and talk evil even in a pleasantly innocent story like this

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 08:28 1

50. mattkl (Posts: 173; Member since: 01 Feb 2010)


Nice stereotyping. Onward with the no capitalization no space after the coma non punctuated generalizations. Who enjoys the irony of my comment? Although I support iOS and Android, not necessarily the corporations in charge.

I just ask that you get an Android or iOS device stat so you can continue your interesting diction and have it mostly auto corrected for you.

Also, something neither will fix. You incorrectly typed "android supporter comment are" It should be "comments" since "are" is plural. "comment is" is correct if you are talking about a single comment from a single (horrible) Android supporter. But then you would need to fix a lot more of those awesome words.

This was so predictable wasn't it robinlim85?

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 10:40

52. 14545 (Posts: 1116; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


You can't talk logic with a person like this.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 12:35

53. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


That's what the holidays should be all about. Giving, especially to those less fortunate.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 11:04

56. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1608; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


There you have it people, just bitch about your misfortunes and someone nice will just hand you what you want. Faith in humanity? Yea right! No one works for anything anymore, they all just complain until they get a hand out. Can't afford an iPad on a busboy salary? Maybe you shouldn't have one then if you are just going to leave it on some boxes and not take proper care of it.

Mic drop!

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