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The Beauty of Freedom, #12,971

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Unidentified man checks off item on David R. Henderson’s bucket list. Crispo’s photos show a man in a blue shirt, working behind the counter as if it’s no big deal. Crispo didn’t get his name, but suspects he was a regular visitor to the restaurant. “He just saw this other person in a bad spot and just jumped in,” he said. Responding to an inquiry from AL.com, Waffle House Director of PR and External Affairs Pat Warner said it appeared there’d been a little miscommunication over the duty roster that night. Some workers who’d been scheduled to work the first half of the shift left as planned, but nobody arrived to cover the second half. That created “a little gap,” Warner said. He said that security camera footage did show that the mystery man and a couple other

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The Beauty of Freedom, #12,971

Unidentified man checks off item on David R. Henderson’s bucket list.

Crispo’s photos show a man in a blue shirt, working behind the counter as if it’s no big deal. Crispo didn’t get his name, but suspects he was a regular visitor to the restaurant. “He just saw this other person in a bad spot and just jumped in,” he said.

Responding to an inquiry from AL.com, Waffle House Director of PR and External Affairs Pat Warner said it appeared there’d been a little miscommunication over the duty roster that night. Some workers who’d been scheduled to work the first half of the shift left as planned, but nobody arrived to cover the second half. That created “a little gap,” Warner said.

He said that security camera footage did show that the mystery man and a couple other guests had washed dishes and bussed tables, while the lone associate handled the orders and the food prep.

This is from Lawrence Specker, “Covered: Waffle House customers step in to fill gap at Birmingham restaurant,” Alabama Life & Culture, November 7, 2019.

In the summer of 1967, at age 16, I ran the dishwashing machine at the Minaki Lodge for most of August. I had a blast. I still would have liked, though, and would still like, for a short time, to be a bus boy and maybe even a waiter. (Although don’t trust me as a server; I would probably drop that big tray more than once.)

David Henderson
David Henderson is a British economist. He was the Head of the Economics and Statistics Department at the OECD in 1984–1992. Before that he worked as an academic economist in Britain, first at Oxford (Fellow of Lincoln College) and later at University College London (Professor of Economics, 1975–1983); as a British civil servant (first as an Economic Advisor in HM Treasury, and later as Chief Economist in the Ministry of Aviation); and as a staff member of the World Bank (1969–1975). In 1985 he gave the BBC Reith Lectures, which were published in the book Innocence and Design: The Influence of Economic Ideas on Policy (Blackwell, 1986).

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