On July 9, Brian Avey shared a story on Facebook about a woman who came into his restaurant for lunch. The woman ordered two beers -- a Blue Moon and a Corona.
"She ordered a Blue Moon and a Corona, I told her she could only do one beer at a time," Avey wrote in his Facebook post. But Avey said the woman had purchased a beer for her brother who died in Iraq and that she wouldn't be drinking it.
"It just sat next [to] her at a empty seat her entire lunch," Avey wrote. He then brought the woman her bill and said that the restaurant would be taking care of her tab.
The customer then scribbled a note on her receipt expressing her gratitude for Avey and the restaurant's kind gesture.
"Thank you. An act of kindness goes a long way," the message read. "It means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day."
After the customer left, Avey says he didn't have the heart to throw away the beer, so he kept it on top of a cooler next to an American flag. He showed his boss the receipt, who then requested that Avey put a fresh lime in the beer every morning.
Avey's story of the woman quickly went viral, amassing over 70,000 likes and 31,000 shares.
"Such a sweet story, let us never forget how much our military families sacrifice for our freedom everyday," commented one Facebook user.
"Amazing what a little kindness will do for someone! Thanks for sharing," commented another.
The beer and the flag continue to sit in a place of honor at the restaurant, which has received calls of thanks from all over the world, according to KIRO.