A sweet gesture by a woman went a long way after she paid for 60 strangers’ meals at a restaurant.
Lorrie Renninger has spent more than a decade in the foodservice industry, the last three years she’s worked at the newly reopened Country Diner in Hegins Township.
“I like the people. I met a lot of different people from everywhere, you know, and we get repeats. If there are travelers, they stop back. Like, ‘Hey, you waited on me last year,'” Renninger laughed.
During a packed lunch rush at the diner on Monday, Renninger met a customer who would make a big impact on her.
“I waited on this lady, and it was time for her to pay her bill, and came up to the register and said she would like to pay for everyone’s bill.” She said, “I’m like, ‘Are you sure?’ and she was like, ‘Yes,’ and it was like $350,” Renninger said.
“When everyone found out, they were just like, ‘Wow, that’s like really shocking’ and I’m like that was really nice of that woman to do that,” said sever Kayla Canavatchel. The woman also tipped the two servers a total of $100.
The act of kindness was not only for the employees at Country Diner but also for the customers, especially during a difficult time. “Business has been up and down. Even though we’re opening, we still can’t get the help, you know. We had to do reduced hours,” Renninger said.
Kayla Canacatchel was serving when the woman came in. “It was really helpful if you know what I mean,” Canavatchel said. “When money’s tight, a kind hand goes a long way.” The woman did not want her identity to be revealed, but employees want the woman to know how she touched the hearts of so many people.
“I’d like to say thank you so much. You made our day, and it’s wonderful that you do that,” Renninger said.
“Put on therefore as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, if any man has a complaint against any; even as Christ forgave you, so you also do.” Colossians 3:12-13