When a waitress saw that one of her tables was praying before their meal, she took notice, and went into her computer to add a line to their check.
There are a number of businesses that are openly Christian. When you run down the list, you’ll probably include Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A. Not only do those establishments close their doors on Sunday, to give their employees a mandated day of rest, they also follow other religious principles.
But one restaurant in North Carolina proves that they take their commitment to the principles of religion in a different way: by offering a generous discount to any customers who offer a prayer before enjoying their meal.
The restaurant is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
When a server at Mary’s Gourmet Diner sees customers praying at the table before a meal, they make sure to give a 15 percent discount off the bill. The restaurant’s owner, Mary Haglund, attests that the discount is nothing new but something she has been giving to her praying customers for four years.
Haglund doesn’t advertise the discount, as she prefers to have it happen organically. She wants to reward individuals who pray in her restaurant and give them a little surprise when they get their bill at the end of their meal. It’s her way to bless them in return for bringing prayers into her establishment.
Jordan Smith noticed the discount when she prayed before her meal. As a faithful customer, she shared a photo of her receipt on his Facebook, giving credit to Mary for being so generous.
Before long, the story went viral and the world discovered Mary’s discount after radio station Z88.3 Orlando shared the image to their followers.
The receipt showed a subtotal of $40.50, but after the 15% “praying in public” discount, Jordan Smith’s bill was reduced substantially.
Smith said that she had no clue the diner was so generous with its religious customers.
“(We) prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, ‘Just so you know, we gave you a 15 percent discount for praying,’ which I’d never seen before,” Smith told HLN.
She never expected the response that she would receive from posting the receipt online.
“I just innocently posted it to my Facebook page, and it’s been really fun to see where it’s gone from there,” Smith said.
Although Mary is happy that the public is a fan of her praying policy, she just wants there to be more good in the world.
In an interview with The Blaze, the restaurant owner stated: “For me, every plate of food is a gift. And I never take that for granted, and when I see someone in a restaurant honoring their gratefulness at my table, it touches my heart.”
Mary describes herself as a very spiritual person. “We are so fortunate in this country. It’s just a moment of faithfulness about the plate of food,” she said.
If giving a 15 percent discount encourages more gratitude, Mary is all for it. She hopes her policy inspires others to pray more.
Source: Patriot Nation Press