It was August 30, 2019, and a 57-year-old American man was sat all alone in a fast food joint in Georgia. It must have been a sad sight for anyone who happened to see him there on that day, with no one else across the table with whom he could converse. The man ordered some ice cream and stopped to take a selfie from the booth he had selected. Little did he know that the picture he took of himself and the heartbreaking message he wrote alongside it on Instagram would bring him considerable national attention.
The restaurant in question was the Forsyth County branch of the ubiquitous ice cream and fast food giant Dairy Queen. The man sat in solitude on that late summer’s day was a guy named Brandt Barber. He resides in the suburbs outside Georgia’s state capital and largest city, Atlanta.