Ellen DeGeneres Gives Waitress $10K For Picking Up Furloughed Soldiers’ Tab

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Money’s tight these days, especially for all the federal employees who are only just now getting back to work following the government shutdown.

Single mother and waitress Sarah Hoidahl doesn’t have a ton of money to spare, but when two furloughed National Guard employees walked into Ruby Tuesdays during her shift, she was inspired to help out.

Hoidahl picked up their lunch tab, which totaled about $30, and left them a note saying, “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! Thanks for serving, ladies! Have a good day!”

Ellen DeGeneres caught wind of this good deed after the servicewomen posted the note on Facebook. She invited Sarah to her daytime talk show and joked about paying her back for the $30 tab.

But she didn’t stop there. Ellen heard Hoidahl’s TV was broken, so she surprised her with a brand new flatscreen.

And to top it all off, Ellen presented a $10,000 check to the Ruby Tuesday’s waitress simply because DeGeneres thought she was a “good person.”

Watch the incredible moment below:


-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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