Skip to comments.Mystery Diner Pays for Family’s Meal and Leaves Behind an Incredibly Touching Note
Posted on 09/07/2013 4:47:48 PM PDT by lowbridge
A family in China Grove, N.C., was in for a surprise when they dined at Stag n Doe Pizza House on Friday. A mystery customer who was eating at the same establishment paid for the England familys dinner and left a note that is now going viral. It read, God only gives special children to special people.
In an interview with WBTV-TV, Ashley England explained that her 8-year-old son, Riley, has special needs. The mother noted that he got rowdy during the dinner, as he has apparently had trouble in public lately.
The past few weeks have been very hard and trying for us, especially with public outings, England said. Riley was getting loud and hitting the table and I know it was aggravating to some people.
While some of the patrons were surely unsettled and frustrated by her sons actions, at least one person showed immense compassion.
After the boy acted out, a waitress, who was tearing up, approached the family with the touching note from the mystery customer. She explained that the person had paid for the familys meal and that he or she wanted the note delivered.
(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...
Bless this compassionate person, in the name of Jesus!
Thank you for posting. I so look forward to good news, and things like this help me remember that there are good people in the world. All I tend to see is the worst, and it often feels like it’s contagious.
I bet it's a sleepy little town.
I thought it was a part of the Lone Star State.
and people/Freepers think our country is done for and full of stupid obama voters..
Very heart-warming story; thanks for sharing it.
I would expect something like this to happen in Obama's Chicago. Or democRAT controlled Detroit. /s
Don’t forget that story (last week?) about those HS football players who walked into a closed store, and paid for their stuff before walking out.
This is awesome. I experienced something like that once. A couple picked up the meal for my entire family at Logans. They didn’t say a word till they had already left. I had 6 kids at the time. I ended up giving the waitress an extra big tip as a result.
Notice that the waitress’s name Tonya and the note are written in the same handwriting?
Maybe she wrote it down as dictated by him?
I’ve seen things like this happen in Chicago, and Detroit. So don’t be so bitter that it doesn’t happen to you.
Sure you have.
So dont be so bitter that it doesnt happen to you.
I am in a position to do this for others. I certainly don't need it done for me.
People don’t seem to care.
Nice catch!! I’ll bet it was Tonya!
Doobie Bros’ song was:
i would bet the person told her what to write down.
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Have a nice day.
Thanks for posting!
No worries. Some comments are just so stupid that I feel the need to point them out.
Nope, totally different. Notice the curve up at the end of the "a" and the top of the "n" having a taller start peak than the rest of the letter than in the name. The "o" is very close to being the same. Just saying...
Again, I do n’t give a damn what your opinion is. How pathetically vain of you to think I would.
The "A's" and "O's" and "Y's" aren't even close. So no, I don't notice a similarity at all..........
That’s weird . . . posting on a public forum, and all. But I’ll remember the tip: be sure not to care about what I post. Perhaps you should use your own advice?
As should you. It is you who has polluted this thread with your attacks on other posters. Interesting that you’re too dense to see that. Bye.
Thanks for posting this heartwarming story.
Anyone with a brain knows there are good people to be found EVERYWHERE.
I’m not sure it is the same handwriting. Compare the way the Os and As are written. They’re not consistent and those are really the only letters you can compare.
What a great story.
Hope springs eternal.
Well there are “good” people and then there are people who actually have the blessing and pass it around anywhere they can.
Now the latter might actually have been bad and sailing briskly hellward at one point... then they encountered the living Lord and eeeerk! 180 degrees, towards heaven. Even if sometimes the Lord had to drag them that way.)
(I’m one of those folks. It is a weird life haunted by the Holy Ghost but that’s what put my life all back together! I don’t ever go around being “holier than” anybody — why should I? my power doesn’t come from myself — but I sure will speak up with moxie for the Lord.)
Is there a handwriting expert in the house?
Rich Mullins had a video where he talked about thumbing rides. He said hundreds of people pass you by but when one person stops and takes you where you need to go you forget all that. One act of grace is a very powerful thing.
I’ve been on both the giving and receiving end of that kind of grace. I can sag and wilt under harsh condemnations but what always makes me cry is kindness.
I hope and pray that my life is a conduit that passes along to others the grace and kindness that’s been given to me from my Savior. And I am so very, very thankful for the people in my life who are channels of grace; life would be a barren desert without that.
Hmm.. I think the family was rude to take their head banger into a public restaurant if they couldn’t control him.
Dear Mr. Howard,
We have a child that we love very much but he has some behavior problems and is sometimes unpredictable in unfamiliar surroundings. We have done everything in our power to help him and yet there is only so much we can do. We are caught between keeping him home 24 hours a day in our home but we would very much like to vacation as a family and sometimes even dine out. While out we will do everything in our problem to limit any inconvenience to you or anyone else in the restaurant (airplane, clothing store, etc). Please let me know if we have your approval to bring our child out of his home under these circumstances or should we plan on keeping him inside for eternity. Thank you for your consideration.
There’s a reason you haven’t been given a special needs child.
Speaking as an individual who was recently slightly injured by a mentally disabled teenager:
His stupid “escort” (I don't know if he was family) allowed him to become overloaded with stimulus, and I stupidly ignored my own instincts, and got caught in the middle.
I often see supposedly “normal” adult people rudely act up in public.
I tend to avoid crowds, and limit my exposure to the general public....
Please pass along my reply:
Ever try discipline? Thanks to the liberal political correctness that has infected this nation, and the education mafia’s successful attempts to turn as many children as possible into “special needs” children so they can pump them full of ritalin and other psychotropic and “anti-anxiety” drugs, too many people have found a handy excuse for being lazy parents. I sincerely hope that is not the case with you and Riley’s dad. (Riley’s dad IS around, isn’t he? There was no mention of him in the story.)
From the picture Riley looks like a handsome young boy with no obvious physical defects, so I am guessing he “acts out” because he has never received a swat on the behind. Is that a good guess?
The story is sparse with details, so I apologize if there is something serious I am unaware of such as a serious physical defect or some kind of brain damage. If not, and Riley “acts out” because he has never been disciplined, and the government schools have told you he is a “special needs” child, then good luck to you. I mostly feel bad for Riley.
Meanwhile, if you can’t (or refuse to) control Riley’s “acting out”, then please have the courtesy to choose vacation spots and dining establishments where arrangements can be made to minimize the disruption to other paying customers.
Nope. Different writing, but the note appears to be written by a woman.
Interestingly, people that cross the letter “t” with the horizontal line so low that it resembles a “+” symbol is supposedly an indicator of low self-esteem.
Lancy, I wish you were sitting at my table when you made that vulgar comment about “head bangers”. You yourself would have been a head banger after I backhanded Bit$h slapped you and you flew backwards out of your chair. You low life.
I do realize I'm probably wasting my time but your heart at least needed the attempt.
All our kids were well-behaved when we went out so I can’t help you much.
I would probably try Chuck E Cheese and some water parks.
A phrase you need to familiarize yourself with:
There by the grace of God go I.
I don’t know why you say that. I have often thought that very phrase.
It is not a phrase that comes to mind, however, when I see some parents helplessly wring their hands and shrug as their “special needs” angels run around screaming and breaking all the other kids’ crayons. Maybe another bowl of Sugar-Os would calm them down.
Why do you make all these assumptions about this family? From a short story about an act of kindness from a stranger, you have deduced that there is no father in the family, the kid is basically faking it, and he’s a little bully who can be straightened out by getting his butt beat. Oh, and you figured out that you’re a MUCH better parent.
What it must be like to be you...
It read, "God only gives special children to special people." ...Ashley England explained that her 8-year-old son, Riley, has special needs... he got rowdy during the dinner, as he has apparently had trouble in public lately. "The past few weeks have been very hard and trying for us, especially with public outings... Riley was getting loud and hitting the table and I know it was aggravating to some people."
Great pose lowbridge.