Waitress picks up tab for National Guard soldiers working through government shutdown without pay (VIDEO)

The government shutdown has left many with furloughed pay, but one Ruby Tuesday waitress decided to lend a helping hand to a pair of Nation Guard women that came into her restaurant.

As Sarah Hoidahl served the two soldiers at the Concord, N.H., Ruby Tuesday, they explained that because of the government shutdown, money was a little tight and they were forced to watch their expenses, reported Business Insider.


Hoidahl wanted to give back to the furloughed soldiers and decided to pick up their tab.

Hoidahl was used to having National Guard soldiers in the restaurant, as many would drift in from the recruiting station down the street. But this was the first time she’d seen these two.

“We do get soldiers in here quite often, usually they come on their lunch breaks, but I had never seen these two particular ladies before,” Hoidahl told NECN.com.

As the meal came to an end and it came time to bring the tab, Hoidahl decided to brighten their days.

“I was kind of like, ‘I’m going to do a good deed today.’ And I wrote them a little note,” Hoidahl said Thursday.

Instead of a bill, the soldiers received a note that said, “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 good deed was done and neither party made any mention of it. But when the chief warrant officer with the National Guard, who happened to be the restaurant manager’s mother-in-law, stumbled upon the information, she made sure to tell her leadership.

“I was excited to come in this morning and tell General Reddel, my leadership,as well as the public affairs officer,” said Command Chief Warrant Officer Diane Baxter. “Look, right here in Concord, we have some really good, young people who still are still recognizing us for what we do.”

The National Guard leadership recognizes that Hoidahl is a single mother, and thanks her for the act of kindness.

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She left this note, that was later posted to Facebook, expressing her gratitude.

[ Business Insider ]

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