Woman Has Gone From Homeless To The Best Waitress In Her Town. Her Story Will Leave You Inspired

By Kevin Calabrese on February 12, 2018

A previously homeless women has rebuilt her life thanks to her job as a waitress.

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Stacey Spiehler went from being homeless, staying at friends’ houses, and sleeping at shelters to finally being financially independent and having a roof over her head.

“When I desperately needed a job, the restaurant industry welcomed me with open arms,” Spiehler said.

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Spiehler, who is 37, works at Fine & Dandy in Jackson, Mississippi, and was voted as the best server in her area in an online poll conducted by the Clarion Ledger.

“When I got the call from work saying that I had won, I was really excited … kinda stomping around. I’m still processing it” Spiehler said.

“The whole part of being a server is representing a restaurant well. To your guests, you are the face of the place. I’m happy for myself, happy for Fine & Dandy and I can’t wait to tell the world,” Spiehler continued.

Her employer greatly appreciates her passion for her job.

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“Stacey builds relationships with her customers. You feel like you know her after she’s served you. And that’s not an easy job from a server’s standpoint, but it’s very important to us. We want people to feel like they are guests in our home. Stacey makes sure we do that,” said Marisa Marino who is Fine & Dandy’s director of hospitality.

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Spiehler has worked other waitress jobs in the past, but she’s grateful to have ended up at Fine & Dandy. She was recruited while working at Mellow Mushroom.

“It was a slow day, just a few customers. I was actually serving and bartending. They asked me about all the beers on the wall,” Spiehler recalls.

“I told them about them, and then I asked what they did for a living. Marisa said they were opening a new restaurant. They weren’t head-hunting for servers, it just sort of worked out that way,” Spiehler said.

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After doing several interviews with Fine & Dandy, she landed her dream job and hasn’t looked back since.

Source: Clarion Ledger

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