Waitress receives $10,000 for kind act

How great would it be if you paid $27.75 for lunch and got $10,000 back in return? REUTERS/Jonathan...

How great would it be if you paid $27.75 for lunch and got $10,000 back in return? REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Julia Alexander, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:28 AM ET

How great would it be if you paid $27.75 for lunch and got $10,000 back in return?

This was exactly what happened to Sarah Hoidahl, a bartender and waitress from Concord, New Hampshire.

During one of Hoidahl’s shifts, two coast guard employees came in for a quick bite to eat. They explained to Hoidahl they were currently furloughed due to the U.S. government on shutdown and were trying to keep costs to a minimum.

Hoidahl decided she would do something nice that Wednesday afternoon, and decided to pick up the women’s tab.

“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,” was the letter the two women received instead of their bill on their way out.

The letter was posted to Facebook, and amidst the government shutdown, vent viral in a matter of days.

A single mother and living at home with her mom, Hoidahl left work that day with $8.00 in her pockets she made from tips.

Talkshow host Ellen Degeneres decided to bring Hoidahl onto her show after hearing the story where she was presented with a $10,000 cheque and a 50” television to replace her broken one at home.

Watch the video to see Hoidahl’s emotional reaction.

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