Even though opinions on Kevin Smith tend to vary immensely, I have personally always been a fan of him. I appreciate his work and talent, as well as his moments of extreme honesty. He's a real human, and I really admire that.
It seems that Smith can join the ranks of kind celebrities like Keanu Reeves, as he does care a lot about his fans and giving back.
Gawker's Kitchenette posted a segment in which readers described their celebrity encounters in restaurants. One particular story describes how a waitress' run-in with Kevin Smith and how this celebrity has the capability of making up for a particularly inconvenient demand:
"'Okay. You can tell that being diplomatic with me isn’t going to work, right? I swear I’ll be extremely fast, but don’t bother with the 'don’t worry about it, sir’' crap. I want to talk to all four of you right now because I will make this right.
I don’t know what it was, but I absolutely knew in that moment that truer words had never been spoken. I went to the back where my three co-workers were and I said, basically, that the guy who just left came back and wanted to talk to all of us, and I REALLY think we should go up there. Somehow, they too knew that this was serious sh*t. We quickly walked to the front.
'Like I told C.J. here, I’m really, honestly upset with myself for delaying you guys. I don’t want you guys to go home angry at me or angry at your job for forcing you to deal with dumbasses like me. Another thing I told C.J. was that there’s no point in arguing, because I won’t let this go. Are there any questions at all?'
There were none, and he handed us each one of the four piles of one thousand f*cking dollars in cash he’d neatly made on the register counter.
So, Kevin Smith is a good dude."
I worked at a bar for two years while attending community college, and I would have killed to have met Kevin Smith...and an extra big tip wouldn't have hurt either, to be perfectly honest.
Thanks to celebrities like Kevin Smith who have no problem helping a fellow human being out financially! Even your positive presence is enough to make a person feel good.