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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A waiter is getting a lot of attention for feeding a disabled customer at an IHOP restaurant.

For more than a decade, Joe Thomas has been working at an IHOP restaurant in Springfield, Illinois.

On Saturday, a couple of his regulars stopped in for breakfast. Thomas knows the woman has trouble eating because of a medical issue.

“I always see him stop eating to feed her and I was like, ‘Heck, if I’m not doing anything why don’t I go feed her so he can eat and everyone can be happy?'” Thomas told WICS.

A woman sitting at another table spotted the touching moment and snapped a photo of Thomas’ act of kindness.

She shared the photo with IHOP on Facebook, where it quickly went viral, getting more than 4,500 shares.

Thomas spent some time reading the comments from strangers around the world, who commended him on his kindness.

“It really felt good for somebody to actually see another person is doing something and take notice,” Thomas said. “It felt good, but at the same time I was like I really don’t care for the recognition to much because it’s just something that should automatically be done regardless.”

Thomas told WICS that since the photo was shared, he has received a job opportunity to become a nurse.