By Scott Neuman
When Jordan Smith got her tab after breakfast at Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C., she was pleasantly surprised to find a 15 percent discount — for “praying in public.”
Smith, on a business trip, tells HLN that she and her colleagues “prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, ‘Just so you know, we gave you a 15 percent discount for praying.’ “
Smith then snapped a photo of her receipt, complete with a line item for “15% Praying in Public ($6.07)” and posted it to her Facebook page. Not surprisingly, it’s gone viral.
Some people wondered if it was just another social media hoax, but Shama Blalock, a co-owner of the diner, confirmed to NPR that “It’s for real; it does exist.”
Blalock says it’s something that she was moved to implement about 3 1/2 years ago. “We’re very thankful for the attention we’ve received, but that’s not what we were aiming at,” she says.
Blalock says the discount is given to customers at the discretion of the wait staff.