A soldier was trying to order his food when a woman started slamming him in the middle of the restaurant for asking for a military discount. At first, the young veteran was stunned, but then he did something that silenced the angry woman.
In a video that’s been making its rounds on social media, a veteran is captured responding to a woman after he was left shocked by what she told him while in line at a fast-food restaurant. Although some have questioned the clip’s authenticity, the powerful message that the alleged veteran had for the rude woman has caused the video to since go viral.
It’s not uncommon for members of the U.S. military to be given some benefits from local businesses, such as small discounts at many fast food chains, to thank them for their service, hard work, and the sacrifices they made for our country.
However, when one veteran asked if the fast-food restaurant, where he was ordering his meal at the counter, offered a military discount, he received a shocking response, but it wasn’t from the employees. Instead, a woman behind him in line has something to say, and the entire incident was caught on camera by a bystander who then shared the clip on the SoFlo Facebook page.
After the veteran asks for a military discount, you can hear the woman behind him quickly object, telling him that he is acting entitled for asking for “special privileges.” Leaving the veteran initially confused, the woman began, “Wow! That is so rude,” to which the veteran asks, “What do you mean?”
“All of you think you’re entitled because you’re in the military and you deserve all these special discounts,” the woman says in response to the veteran’s question, and that was all it took for this man to light into her, quickly correcting what he obviously saw as blatant ignorance on her part.
“It’s not a privilege, it’s a discount. A privilege is getting to go home,” the veteran began as he delivered a powerful response to the woman. “To go home to your family every night,” he added, pointing out something our soldiers don’t get to do when they are serving our nation. But, he wasn’t done there.
“To go home in a free country,” he added, continuing to list off things to the woman that we often take for granted. “Because some people give up their privileges so that people like you can have them,” he calmly concluded, although his disgust over her remark was clear.
After the veteran finished his statement, the woman quickly says she no longer wishes to order anything as she begins to leave the restaurant. At that moment, another customer is seen stepping up and attempting to pay for the veteran’s meal. However, as the other patron tries to pay, the restaurant manager takes over and gives the veteran his meal for free.
Although some have questioned whether the clip may have been staged, most viewers seem to believe that it is authentic and have expressed shock over how the woman treated the veteran. “I would have stepped in and paid for his meal and looked at her and said, ‘unlike you, you ungrateful human being, ninety-nine percent of AMERICA appreciates our soldiers and they deserve a discount. You’re a pathetic human being to speak to a soldier like this, I would not have been as gracious to you as he was,'” one commenter remarked. “I have a son in the military. If I was with him, she would have her butt going towards the door with me right behind her.”
“People like her (and hopefully there aren’t many) they choose not to recognize the fact that they enjoy freedoms that men & women sacrifice their lives for,” another social media user commented. “So lady go live in a place where they do not have these freedoms. And yes they deserve every privilege due them. Not being with their families during holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and other family happenings. You lady should be ashamed of yourself.”