This is an incredibly heartwarming story. Prieska Outland came upon a woman cleaning one of the bathrooms at the Charlotte airport. The woman was distraught. They to talking and beneath her mask were four missing teeth, and she was saving up to have them replaced. She had just 4% of the money she needed. And Ms. Outland verified the story, and paid the rest to the dentist to have it done.
As Ms. Outland tells it she,
Landed in [Charlotte] and upon exiting the airport, I approached the bathroom and saw 4 signs blocking the entrance. I thought to myself, “How bad do I need to use it? Can I hold it until I get to my place or go ahead and stop now?” I decided to stop.
I went into the bathroom and saw an elderly woman in there cleaning up. She said, “Yall just don’t pay any attention to the signs”.
I told her “Actually I did, it read “CAUTION WET FLOOR”, not “CLOSED”.
She said, “That means the bathroom is closed”. I apologized to her. At this time, all the water i drank was ready to exit the body. There was no turning back🤣. I told her I’d make it quick. 🙏🏿
The woman said this was her “3rd time cleaning this bathroom today, folks are just nasty”. While the airport no longer has bathroom attendants and tipping stopped becoming the norm Ms. Outland gave her $20.
Ms. Outland continues,
She looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “Thank You So Much. I really appreciate you for this”. I told her someone blessed me with that $20, and now I’m paying it forward.
Now In tears, she said, “this is truly a blessing because you gave it to someone who really needs it. I’m saving money to get my teeth fixed. I just had all 4 front teeth pulled”. She pulled down her mask to show me. “Now this money will be added to my teeth savings. I had $41 now this makes $61. I’m almost there”. At that point, I was trying to hold back my tears. She was so excited to get that $20. I asked her how much was she trying to save. She said $1,071.
A voice inside her head said to pay it. She wondered if it was divine intervention. So she asked the woman’s name and collected contact information for her and for her dentist. And then once outside the airport she immediately called the dentist to verify the story – and paid the bill in full. Then she called the woman she’d just met to let her know.
I told her to go get her teeth fixed. She asked “Whatchu you mean?” I told her, her dental bill is paid in full. Just schedule your appointment. She burst into tears. She couldn’t believe it. She couldn’t stop thanking me and asked what could she do to repay me. I told her to be kind, keep smiling and Have an awesome day!
Ms. Outland, the flight attendant, doesn’t just work in aviation. She’s an actress, a Zumba instructor, and a real estate investor – focusing on crash pads for airline workers in Atlanta.