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

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.


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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56 Comments

56. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 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!

53. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

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

44. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

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

50. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 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?

52. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

43. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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.

32. nothingmuch

Posts: 201; Member since: May 03, 2013

Mom burnt it because he wouldn't do the dishes! :)) JK... its a good story

22. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31801; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

10. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 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

11. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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

13. stealthd unregistered

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.

49. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

55. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17528; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

18. Havok125

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 05, 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.

19. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

40. AlexanderDaKing

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

41. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

33. darkkjedii

Posts: 31801; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said havok +1 man, very good post.

47. mattkl

Posts: 255; Member since: Feb 01, 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.

51. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Thank you. Clearly he is an idiot.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31801; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude you are such a joy joy buzzkill.

42. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

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

8. GeekMovement unregistered

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

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

21. saurik

Posts: 86; Member since: May 13, 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.

23. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

31. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

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