Kind Gesture by Fellow Diner Surprises Single Mom
He pays her family's bill, leaves 3-page letter
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2013 5:08 PM CDT
A Pizza Hut restaurant in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – It's not uncommon to hear about someone picking up the check for a total stranger in a restaurant, but this one's a little unusual because it also involves a three-page letter that moved the recipient to tears. It happened in North Carolina, when a Raleigh single mom took her 4-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son to a Pizza Hut, reports WTVD. After they arrived, she apologized in advance to a man sitting nearby because her kids tended to be loud. (The boy has Asperger's and ADHD, and the girl has behavioral issues of her own.)

The man said it was no big deal and went about his meal. The mom went about trying to parent her kids as best she could in a public restaurant. After the man left, a waitress informed the woman that he had paid her bill, left a gift card, and written her that three-page letter. "I do not know your back story, but I have had the privilege of watching you parent your children for the past 30 minutes," it read. "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. I will never cross your path again but am positive that you and your children have amazing futures."

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Oct 30, 2013 12:59 PM CDT
Let me guess white guy? No one was murdered in this story.
Oct 30, 2013 11:12 AM CDT
A good story and we need more of them in this world.
Oct 29, 2013 11:24 PM CDT
This is a beautiful snippet of real life, and proves all the jackasses in Washington DC don't have a f&%king clue of what goes on in everyday life off the cloud they live on.