Melina Salazar, a waitress of Brownsville, Texas, was reportedly the most patient of all the waitresses and did her best to put on a smile and tend to the need of her most loyal and tetchy customer. For nearly seven years, she made sure his food was as hot as he wanted, even if he meant he burned his mouth and she smiled through all his demands and curses. The 89-year-old Walter “Buck” Swords appreciated and acknowledged this gesture just before he died and left her $50,000 and a 2000 Buick. Luby’s cafeteria employee described Swords as “kind of mean”. “I still can’t believe it.” She exclaimed.
Swords, who was a World War veteran died in July and Salazar happened to spot him in the obituary column. Just a few days before Christmas, Salazar learned about her newfound fortune, the Car and Money left to her by Swords.