Before last week, the owner of Whitbie’s Fish & Chips — a small business in Calgary, Canada — was struggling to make ends meet. After Colin Ross stumbled in on the morning of Aug. 21, trying to stave off Saturday night’s hangover, all of that changed. Ross wrote a rave review of the restaurant, which went viral on Facebook with thousands of shares.
“So I am a little hung over thinking fish and chips will fix me up I open the door and there is a 70 year old man all by himself in this nice clean establishment,” Ross wrote in his Facebook post. “So I ask him how's business and he said he can't even pay himself at the end of the day so that really bothered me. Anyone who know[sic]me I have a big heart and want people to do well especially a 70 year old man who has put in his time. So I ordered the halibut special for $23 absolutely amazing that traditional British fish and chips just what I needed.”
Owner John McMillan said he’s been overwhelmed with the response and has gotten thousands of Facebook friend requests. The day after the post went viral, there was a line out the door at Whitbie’s Fish & Chips with more than a half-hour-long wait for dinner.