October 18, 2013

Ellen DeGeneres rewards N.H. waitress for picking up soldiers’ tab

The TV talk show host gives the woman $10,000 and tells her, ‘You’re a good person.’

CONCORD, N.H. – A New Hampshire waitress who picked up the lunch tab for two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government’s shutdown has been repaid – more than 300 times over – by television star Ellen DeGeneres.

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This screen shot shows talk show host Ellen DeGeneres talking with Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress in Concord, N.H., who DeGeneres recognized for her kindness in picking up the lunch tab for two soldiers.

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Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress in Concord, N.H., just wanted to do a nice thing for the soldiers, so she recently picked up their lunch tab. It cost her $27.75.

On Friday, DeGeneres squared the tab and then some, giving Hoidahl $27.75 in cash and a check for $10,000.

An emotional Hoidahl buried her face in her hands and thanked DeGeneres as the talk show host repeated “You’re a good person.”

DeGeneres caught wind of Hoidahl’s act of kindness when the New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture on its Facebook page.

The story spread quickly online, producers saw it and invited Hoidahl to Hollywood.

DeGeneres also gave her a 50-inch television.

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