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Mystery Diner Pays for Family’s Meal and Leaves Behind an Incredibly Touching Note
http://www.theblaze.com ^ | september 3, 2013 | Billy Hallowell

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 family’s 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 son’s 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 family’s meal and that he or she wanted the note delivered.

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: ashleyengland; chinagrove; gooddeeds; mysterydiner; northcarolina; sourcetitlenoturl; specialneedschildren; stagndoepizza
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1 posted on 09/07/2013 4:47:48 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

bump


2 posted on 09/07/2013 4:48:02 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Bless this compassionate person, in the name of Jesus!


3 posted on 09/07/2013 4:51:03 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (What does the Lord require of you, but to act justly, to love tenderly, to walk humbly with your God)
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To: lowbridge

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.


4 posted on 09/07/2013 4:51:48 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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To: lowbridge
A family in China Grove, N.C.,

I bet it's a sleepy little town.

5 posted on 09/07/2013 4:53:47 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: ElkGroveDan

I thought it was a part of the Lone Star State.


6 posted on 09/07/2013 4:54:42 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: lowbridge

and people/Freepers think our country is done for and full of stupid obama voters..


7 posted on 09/07/2013 4:54:53 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: lowbridge

Very heart-warming story; thanks for sharing it.


8 posted on 09/07/2013 4:55:03 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: lowbridge
China Grove, N.C.?!

I would expect something like this to happen in Obama's Chicago. Or democRAT controlled Detroit. /s

9 posted on 09/07/2013 4:56:01 PM PDT by South40
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To: max americana

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.


10 posted on 09/07/2013 4:57:19 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: lowbridge

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.


11 posted on 09/07/2013 4:59:16 PM PDT by Maelstorm (If all are treated as suspects it will not be long before we all are treated as prisoners.)
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To: lowbridge

Notice that the waitress’s name Tonya and the note are written in the same handwriting?


12 posted on 09/07/2013 4:59:51 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: oldbrowser

Maybe she wrote it down as dictated by him?


13 posted on 09/07/2013 5:02:33 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: South40

I’ve seen things like this happen in Chicago, and Detroit. So don’t be so bitter that it doesn’t happen to you.


14 posted on 09/07/2013 5:05:37 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
I’ve seen things like this happen in Chicago, and Detroit.

Sure you have.

So don’t be so bitter that it doesn’t happen to you.

Bitter? lol!

I am in a position to do this for others. I certainly don't need it done for me.

15 posted on 09/07/2013 5:07:54 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40
Just sayin', you didn't have to parachute in here and pollute this thread with some BS political "observation." And seeing that I've done it myself in Chicago and Detroit made me wonder why you were so cynical.
16 posted on 09/07/2013 5:11:47 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: dfwgator

People don’t seem to care.


17 posted on 09/07/2013 5:11:55 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: oldbrowser

Nice catch!! I’ll bet it was Tonya!


18 posted on 09/07/2013 5:12:00 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: dfwgator

Doobie Bros’ song was:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emxH2yl6ybo


19 posted on 09/07/2013 5:13:07 PM PDT by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: oldbrowser

i would bet the person told her what to write down.


20 posted on 09/07/2013 5:15:52 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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Just for reference:

New Jersey football players rewarded after paying for items at store with no clerk

Four members of the William Paterson University football team in New Jersey each scored $50 gift cards after surveillance cameras captured them at a Wayne store paying for batteries and sunglasses, even though no employees were around.


21 posted on 09/07/2013 5:17:22 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
Sorry kook, but I don't parachute nor do I give a damn if you approve of my post.

Have a nice day.

22 posted on 09/07/2013 5:20:45 PM PDT by South40
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To: lowbridge

Thanks for posting!


23 posted on 09/07/2013 5:22:00 PM PDT by jazusamo ("I am so old that I can remember when most of the people promoting race hate were white." T. Sowell)
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To: South40

No worries. Some comments are just so stupid that I feel the need to point them out.


24 posted on 09/07/2013 5:22:43 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: oldbrowser
Notice that the waitress’s name Tonya and the note are written in the same handwriting?

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...

25 posted on 09/07/2013 5:23:12 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Again, I do n’t give a damn what your opinion is. How pathetically vain of you to think I would.


26 posted on 09/07/2013 5:26:47 PM PDT by South40
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To: oldbrowser
Notice that the waitress’s name Tonya and the note are written in the same handwriting?

The "A's" and "O's" and "Y's" aren't even close. So no, I don't notice a similarity at all..........

27 posted on 09/07/2013 5:28:19 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (')
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To: South40

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?


28 posted on 09/07/2013 5:28:39 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

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.


29 posted on 09/07/2013 5:30:51 PM PDT by South40
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To: lowbridge

Thanks for posting this heartwarming story.

Anyone with a brain knows there are good people to be found EVERYWHERE.


30 posted on 09/07/2013 5:32:29 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: South40
Dude . . . you attacked two cities.
31 posted on 09/07/2013 5:33:00 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: oldbrowser

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.


32 posted on 09/07/2013 5:52:54 PM PDT by P H Lewis (One of the fundamentals of democracy is knowing where to place your machine gun. - Foggy)
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To: 1rudeboy

What a great story.

Hope springs eternal.


33 posted on 09/07/2013 6:33:49 PM PDT by glasseye
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To: NoKoolAidforMe

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.)


34 posted on 09/07/2013 6:51:30 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: P H Lewis

Is there a handwriting expert in the house?


35 posted on 09/07/2013 7:01:56 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: lowbridge

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.


36 posted on 09/07/2013 7:06:22 PM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: lowbridge

Hmm.. I think the family was rude to take their head banger into a public restaurant if they couldn’t control him.


37 posted on 09/07/2013 7:25:42 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
The parents of the child asked me to ask you this question because they thought they might run into you one day:

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.

38 posted on 09/07/2013 8:10:22 PM PDT by bramps (Obama, Democrats, and Planned Parenthood: The biggest fans of chemical weapons on the planet)
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To: Lancey Howard

There’s a reason you haven’t been given a special needs child.


39 posted on 09/07/2013 8:27:23 PM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: Lancey Howard
It is rude to deem autistic kids “head bangers”.

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....

40 posted on 09/07/2013 8:33:37 PM PDT by sarasmom (Extortion 17. A large number of Navy SEALs died on that mission. Ask why.)
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To: bramps

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.

Signed,
Mr. Howard


41 posted on 09/07/2013 8:39:00 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: oldbrowser

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.


42 posted on 09/08/2013 2:01:22 AM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Ask the MSM about Christopher Newsom and Channon Christian. Observe the subsequent blank stares.)
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To: Lancey Howard

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.


43 posted on 09/08/2013 5:54:03 AM PDT by wheat_grinder
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To: Lancey Howard
Presuming they have tried everything and are ‘good’ people according to you, could you give us all a list of these restaurants, stores, vacation spots, etc. where ‘special’ arrangements can be made just to accommodate a family in this situation.

I do realize I'm probably wasting my time but your heart at least needed the attempt.

44 posted on 09/08/2013 6:24:08 AM PDT by bramps (Obama, Democrats, and Planned Parenthood: The biggest fans of chemical weapons on the planet)
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To: bramps

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.


45 posted on 09/08/2013 8:54:49 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

A phrase you need to familiarize yourself with:
There by the grace of God go I.


46 posted on 09/08/2013 9:36:25 AM PDT by bramps (Obama, Democrats, and Planned Parenthood: The biggest fans of chemical weapons on the planet)
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To: bramps

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.


47 posted on 09/08/2013 9:48:54 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

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...


48 posted on 09/08/2013 10:18:23 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks lowbridge.
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."

49 posted on 09/08/2013 11:03:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: lowbridge

Great pose lowbridge.


50 posted on 09/08/2013 1:45:41 PM PDT by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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