Stranger Pays for Struggling Single Mom’s Dinner at Pizza Hut, Leaves Heartfelt Note

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One stranger was so impressed by the way a mother took care of her children while they were having dinner at Pizza Hut that he picked up the bill.

ABC11 reports one Raleigh, North Carolina, mom is having a particularly tough time; she took a year off from college, moved around a lot, and is going through a divorce, according to a letter she sent to the station. To keep her spirits up, she likes to take her two children to a different restaurant every Friday night.

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But dining out is not always a relaxing affair because her 6-year-old son has Asperger Syndrome and ADHD, and her 4-year-old daughter is already exhibiting “bullying tendencies.” So before sitting down to eat at a Pizza Hut in Durham recently, the mother went up to a young man who was sitting by himself in a nearby booth and apologized in advance for her children’s behavior.

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At the end of the meal, the waitress handed her the check and said that same man had paid for everything and bought them a Pizza Hut gift card. He also wrote a letter that brought the two women to tears:

“I have watched you teach your children about the importance of respect, education, proper manners, communication, self control, and kindness all while being very patient…when it starts to get tough do not forget that others may be watching and will need the encouragement of seeing a good family being raised.”

 So far the mystery stranger, known only as “Jake,” has yet to come forward and reveal his identity.

11 comments
Openminded1
Openminded1

Human kindness is still alive, rare but still alive.

AustinFisher
AustinFisher

When at McDonalds, I had the opposite happen. A customer came in with their child who I could already tell had a mental disability and was no more than 7 years old. 

The child had begun screaming and the woman did nothing about it except occasionally snap at the child, yelling, "Shut up!"
i really did not want to serve this woman. Not only was she disrespectful to her own child, but she was disrespectful to the whole restaurant by not being able to handle a simple situation.

When she was ready to pay, her order was a little more than what she expected, and she didn't have quite enough on her to pay for it. She made this point fairly obvious, as if looking for sympathy or assistance from the other customers. No one stepped forward.

The lady became angry and started yelling at me, when the manager stepped in.

He simply asked her to leave, but before doing so, gave the child a Happy Meal Toy for free.

After hearing this story, my faith in humanity is restored quite significantly. I'm proud to live in a world where good parents are rewarded for their efforts, and encouraged to be great role models.

nirajcyber27
nirajcyber27

It's heart touching story.. but i don't why i feel that ... this is plant news from Pizza hut. Pizza hut had made up this news to get free media publicity 

MarkAntney1
MarkAntney1

I admit, I haven't paid for dinners but many a time; I've complimented parents in similar situations.

And also sympathized (a time or two) with a joke about my own struggles.

Good story.

ReidDragoon
ReidDragoon

@nirajcyber27 it's sad that the only thing you take away from this article is a supposed publicity from Pizza Hut.  I may be apt to agree with you if it was the company that did something for this woman but it has nothing to do with Pizza Hut at all, it just happens to be the environment that it took place, they play no more than that role. It gives me hope that we haven't lost all civility in society but certainly does not make me want to run out and eat Pizza Hut. Kudos to "Jake" and the family.

bobinexile
bobinexile

Gee.... I never thought of this... Perhaps all the bad news we hear is made up also! Thanks for the insight!

GentlemanLala
GentlemanLala

@Openminded1  
LOL, humanity... Obviously you didn't learn anything from the story either. (Kindness, patience, respect, and etc)