Sometimes good deeds do unpunished, as is the case for one 22-year-old, single mother Sarah Hoidahl, who generously paid the tab of two National Guard soldiers during her waitressing shift at Ruby Tuesday last week.
She overheard two uniformed soldiers said they had to keep their order light since they had been furloughed due to the government shutdown, and therefore were not getting paid.
Hoidahl said their story got her thinking saying “‘Geez, that’s really difficult. I’m a waitress and a single mother. I know how it is,” according to the L.A. Times.
So instead of a check, Hoidahl gave the women a note that read: “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!”
One of the soldiers posted it on Facebook and it quickly went viral, and caught the attention of none other than Ellen DeGeneres.
Ellen invited Sarah on her show to share her story, and rewarded her good deed in front of millions of viewers. Ellen repaid the $27.75 bill, then surprised Sarah with a new 50-inch TV since she heard hers was broken, then saved the big surprise for last; a $10,000 check.
Watch the inspiring video below: