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In October 2013, many people were furloughed because of the partial government shutdown in the United States, including National Guardsmen, two of whom ate at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Concord, New Hampshire. When their waitress, Sarah Hoidahl, age 21, learned that the two female Guardsmen were furloughed National Guardsmen, she paid their $30 meal, although she is a single mother of a 15-month-old boy. She said, “They were looking through the menu and she had mentioned something about the furlough and how we aren’t getting paid and I was like, ‘Oh, jeez.’” She also gave them this note: “Thanks to the gov. 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 great day! Sarah.” She paid for their lunch because she realized that “the income stops but that doesn’t mean the bills do.” She added, “I came out front and they were out front waiting for me and they came up and hugged me and just their reaction was worth everything. It was like I did this big huge thing, and I was like, ‘I just bought you lunch, but thank you.’” The New Hampshire National Guard publicized her good deed by posting a photograph of Sarah and a copy of her note on its Facebook page. Sarah said, “I think the most moving thing I saw on Facebook was people saying there should be more people like me in the world. That really got to me.”
For Further Information: “Waitress overcome by response to tiny sensible deed.” WMUR (Manchester, New Hampshire). YouTube. Accessed 12 October 2013.
For Further Information: Jennifer Gannon, “Waitress pays lunch bill for soldiers affected by shutdown.” WMUR (Manchester, New Hampshire). 10 October 2013
For Further Information: “Lunch Is On Me.” New Hampshire National Guard. Facebook. 10 October 2013
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