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Kind customers at an Alabama Waffle House pitched in when the restaurant was short-staffed.  |  Photo Credit: Ethan Crispo

When a Waffle House restaurant was short-staffed, late-night customers kindly took over, taking orders and bussing tables.

The unique scene in Birmingham, Alabama was photographed on November 2 by patron Ethan Crispo who had stopped in the restaurant around 12:30 a.m. to order breakfast. “It was incredible to witness,” Crispo tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

The restaurant was busy that evening with an estimated 25 customers — and only one employee named Ben, whom Crispo said was speechless and overwhelmed. “He was just staring at the room full of people. I can’t imagine what he was thinking.”

According to Crispo, a man wearing a blue shirt who had been sitting at the bar, spoke briefly to Ben and within seconds, had slipped on an apron. “He started washing dishes,” Crispo tells Yahoo Lifestyle.

While placing his order with Ben, Crispo asked, “Where’s your help tonight?” and Ben replied that his staff hadn’t shown up. He added that the man in the blue shirt was a paying customer.

Ten minutes later, while Ben was cooking in the kitchen, a female customer wearing a strapless dress and a pair of heels stood up and began bussing tables, serving orders, and making coffee, patiently deciphering the restaurant-style coffee maker. “When the woman came to my table, she said she had been out with friends that night,” says Crispo.

And Crispo says a third customer eventually stood up from his meal to pitch in.

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