Ellen DeGeneres Rewards Waitress $10,000 for Kindness
I love pay-it-forward stories. For those who don’t know what that means, the definition is to “respond to a person’s kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else.”
This past week, a New Hampshire waitress picked up the lunch tab of a couple of National Guard soldiers who were affected by the federal government shutdown. After they finished their meal, instead of bringing the check to the table, the waitress sent them a note that said “Thanks to the government shutdown the people like you that protect this country are not getting paid, however I still am. Lunch is on me. Thank you for serving ladies! Have a good day!”
She paid the $27.75 tab.
That touching story doesn’t end there. It just so happens that the waitress, Sarah Hoidahl, was invited on to the Ellen show where the star offered to pay back the $27.75. Hoidahl was thrilled, but when Ellen added a check for $10,000 a stunned Hoidahl buried her face in her hands and thanked DeGeneres. The talk show host told her, “You’re a good person.”
DeGeneres had heard about Hoidahl’s act of kindness when the New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture on its Facebook page. DeGeneres also gave the waitress a 50-inch television.
Twenty-one-year old Hoildah is a waitress at Ruby Tuesday in Concord, NH. It was there the two National Guard members sat in her section for lunch. Hoildah is a single mother who has friends in the military and is dating a marine. She overhead the National Guard members talking about being furloughed and not getting paid and decided to pay it forward.
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