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Mystery Diners At Restaurant Do Something Really Sneaky To Other Diners

A couple of mysterious diners who regularly eat at an Applebee's restaurant in Pennsylvania are paying other people's bills on the sneak. The anonymous customers eat there several times per week and love to surprise people by paying for the meal.

According to the restaurant staff, the mystery diners have been doing it for years.

The manager at an Applebee’s in Washington, PA, a Pittsburgh suburb, says he knows the customers who like to come in and treat unsuspecting diners to a meal. The manager says that the couple owns a local business and likes to give back to the community in a fun way.

They actually enjoy doing this several times per week, and all they ask is that their identity not be revealed.

"This has never happened to me personally before. I always hear of it happening and was so shocked it took place and what better way then for my daughter Sofia's sixth birthday," said Jolie Welling, who went to dinner with her family to celebrate the little girl's special day.

"This random act of kindness makes me ... reassured there are good people in this world. It also was good that my daughter Sofia got to see the goodness in people."

Welling says there were 16 people at the table, and she was floored when she asked for the bill and Applebee's staff told her it was already paid. She says everyone at the table 'started tearing up'.

The manager says he once asked the mysterious diners why they have taken to this little hobby of theirs. The man told him that he 'grew up poor and now I'm not'. But that's all he'll say.

The anonymous act of kindness is inspiring recipients to get in on the fun. "We ... plan to pay it forward and surprise a family when we go out to eat!" says Welling.

Darla Pepper-Miller and her church group were also surprised by a free lunch. They went to the restaurant to celebrate a birthday, and were told that someone took care of the bill already.

“Just gratitude, because of everything going on in the world and so much turmoil and protests and hatred. It’s good to know that there are people that care about each other and give, pay it forward," said Pepper-Miller to KDKA.

With all the negative headlines, it's easy to forget just how much good and kindness exist in the world. People paying a stranger's bill isn't entirely unheard of - it happens on a regular basis, and is a great way to make someone's day.

One pizza company built a great business idea off of the concept. The Philadelphia pizza shop allows customers to pay for an extra slice at the register. They can then put a post-it note on the wall.

If a homeless person or someone who is broke comes into the pizzeria, they can grab a post-it note off the wall and turn it in for a pre-paid slice.

Source: Woman's World, Today
Photo: CBS

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