- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Mary’s Gourmet Diner has been getting a lot of attention this week for the restaurant’s policy of occasionally giving a 15 percent discount to customers who pray before their meal, but not all of it has been positive. 

Initially, the policy received praise, with a Facebook image of a receipt with the prayer discount posted by a Florida radio station has receiving thousands of likes. 

However, not everyone “liked” the idea.


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After several days of media attention, WUSA 9 reported that a person affiliated with the restaurant told a news agency that they had been receiving hate mail and even threats of violence over the restaurant’s prayer-discount policy.

The restaurant owner, Mary Haglund, on Friday told Fox news that the discount was given to those who took the time to appreciate their food.

“It’s about the whole idea of gratitude,” she said. “It’s not a religious thing, it’s a spiritual thing.”