- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 13, 2013

When a waitress at a Ruby Tuesday restaurant in New Hampshire overheard two of her guests say they were furloughed National Guard soldiers, she decided to show her gratitude by picking up their bill.

“They were looking through the menu and trying to decide what to get, and she had mentioned something about the furlough and said ‘we’re not getting paid,’ and I thought, oh jeez,” said Sarah Hoidahl, a single mother of a 15-month-old, a local Fox affiliate reported.

Ms. Hoidahl paid for their meal and added a note to the back of their check expressing her gratitude for their service, the station reported. The reaction she received was overwhelming, she said.

“I came out, and they were out front waiting for me and just, instantly, came up to me and said ‘Sarah‘ and they hugged me,” she told the station. “Their reaction was worth everything. I thought, ‘I didn’t do this huge thing. I just bought you lunch, but thank you!’”


One of the soldier posted the note to Facebook and it quickly gained traction.

“I think the most moving thing I saw on Facebook was people saying there should be more people like me in the world,” Ms. Hoidahl said. “That really got to me.”