Pays to Pray
UPDATE: Since this article was written, the diner mentioned here has come under fire with threats of lawsuits. As a result they have decided to no longer provide this discount to customers. The owner, Mary Haglund says she and her daughter Shama are very saddened by this. “This is a gift that we gave to our customers – this is a gift that has been taken from us. The gift of giving is just as important as receiving the gift.” They still encourage customers to take time before their meal to say a word of gratitude.
Here is the original article from August 5, 2014:
Bowing your head over your meal to say a quick prayer of gratitude may be fairly common in your house…maybe less common in public. It makes some feel uncomfortable–after all, it’s a private moment. But one patron of a restaurant in North Carolina was pleasantly surprised when they received the check for their meal, which contained a 15% discount for ‘Praying in Public.’
The news spread quickly when this was posted on an Orlando, Florida Christian radio station’s Facebook page. And it’s got people talking.
Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Greensboro, NC says, “It’s not really a ‘religious thing.’ It’s a gratitude thing. The restaurant goes on to explain on their Facebook page that it’s not about who you pray to or whether you’re actually communing with a higher power. They just want to surprise their customers by saying ‘thanks’.
So what do you think? Does this make you more willing to say a prayer in a restaurant? Do you wish more establishments did this? And would you do this knowing you might receive a discount? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
One thing’s for certain–apparently it can pay to pray!
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