Restaurant Customers Rally for Former Waitress

Donations buy replacement for stolen wedding dress

By Bruce Felps
|  Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 3:27 PM CDT
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Restaurant Customers Rally for Former Waitress

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by Bruce Felps

Crystal Wilson of Lufkin probably thought her wedding was ruined.

According to an Associate Press article Wilson’s wedding dress — a bargain frock purchased for $100, but still her wedding dress — got caught up in a heist at the dry cleaners where she’d taken it to be cleaned for her Saturday wedding.

She learned of the theft a mere five days before the nuptials and fretted to the local paper that she couldn’t possibly replace the gown at that price in that brief amount of time.

The townspeople wouldn’t hear of it. Wilson, a one-time waitress — can you still say that, waitress? — at Lufkin eatery Lone Star Charlie's Family Restaurant, stopped in her former place of employment to … I don’t know, further the storyline … to further the storyline and found that restaurant patrons, once her customers, chipped in a collective $900 for a new dress.

Resturant owner Wade Jabbour credited Wilson’s good work with generating the communal generosity.

Nice.

But wait a minute. Where’s Charlie?


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. A former colleague of his, when asked for a synonym for “waitress,” responded by snapping her fingers.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, NBCDFW.com or its employees.

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