Ellen Rewards Waitress's Good Deed—in a Big Way
DeGeneres repays waitress who picked up soldiers' tab, and then some
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2013 11:32 AM CDT
In this April 29, 2013 file photo, TV host Ellen DeGeneres arrives at the season 4 premiere of "Arrested Development" in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Katy Winn/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – When Sarah Hoidahl picked up the $27.75 lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers who weren't getting paid thanks to the government shutdown, she probably wasn't expecting this: On Ellen DeGeneres' show yesterday, Ellen paid the New Hampshire waitress back the $27.75 ... and then also handed her a $10,000 check and a 50-inch TV. As Hoidahl got emotional, Ellen just repeated, "You're a good person," Fox News reports.

Hoidahl heard the two servicewomen discussing being furloughed while she was waiting tables at a Ruby Tuesday. Instead of their check, she delivered a note to their table that read, "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!" The New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture of the note on its Facebook page, which is how Ellen learned of the good deed.

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Oct 20, 2013 10:43 AM CDT
I wonder why 2poor hasn't responded to this, he is so afraid of the lifestyles of lesbians? He also lies. On Thursday October 3rd he bid us all adios and said his lovely wife didn't want him on Newser, but I see he lied about this also, maybe he begged and pleaded with her to let him back on. What a hypocrite, and a simpleton.
Oct 20, 2013 12:31 AM CDT
Now THAT, was paying it forward. 2 good deads that made millions of smiles. 3 cheers for Sarah 3 cheers for Ellen Hooray for our service men and women
Oct 19, 2013 6:58 PM CDT
Men are being feminized and becoming pussys and woman want to be men and have balls.