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A Mystery Couple Is Anonymously Paying Strangers’ Bills at Applebee’s

A Mystery Couple Is Anonymously Paying Strangers’ Bills at Applebee’s

The restaurant’s assistant manager is sworn to secrecy over their identities

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A husband and wife in Washington, Pennsylvania, are taking the phrase “pay it forward” to a whole new level by paying the bills of diners eating out at a local Applebee’s. But according to KDKA-TV, the restaurant’s assistant manager, Bernie Lewis, has been sworn to secrecy over the identity of the donors, who visit three to four times a week. He says the couple has been paying other customers’ tabs for years.

“He [the husband] always says, ‘I grew up poor and now I’m not’ and that is all he says,” Lewis told KDKA-TV.

Jolie Welling is one of many who have reaped the benefits of the couple’s generosity. They covered the cost of 16 meals at her daughter’s birthday celebration.

“Thank you to the person that took care of the bill tonight at Applebee’s in Washington!” she wrote in a Facebook post. “This person paid for the whole party of 16. I have never had this happen before and it brought tears to everyone’s eyes.”

For more selflessness and random acts of kindness, check out the most inspiring food stories of 2017.


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Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.


Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

Thanks for visiting Consumerist.com. As of October 2017, Consumerist is no longer producing new content, but feel free to browse through our archives. Here you can find 12 years worth of articles on everything from how to avoid dodgy scams to writing an effective complaint letter. Check out some of our greatest hits below, explore the categories listed on the left-hand side of the page, or head to CR.org for ratings, reviews, and consumer news.

Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.


Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

Thanks for visiting Consumerist.com. As of October 2017, Consumerist is no longer producing new content, but feel free to browse through our archives. Here you can find 12 years worth of articles on everything from how to avoid dodgy scams to writing an effective complaint letter. Check out some of our greatest hits below, explore the categories listed on the left-hand side of the page, or head to CR.org for ratings, reviews, and consumer news.

Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.


Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

Thanks for visiting Consumerist.com. As of October 2017, Consumerist is no longer producing new content, but feel free to browse through our archives. Here you can find 12 years worth of articles on everything from how to avoid dodgy scams to writing an effective complaint letter. Check out some of our greatest hits below, explore the categories listed on the left-hand side of the page, or head to CR.org for ratings, reviews, and consumer news.

Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.


Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

Thanks for visiting Consumerist.com. As of October 2017, Consumerist is no longer producing new content, but feel free to browse through our archives. Here you can find 12 years worth of articles on everything from how to avoid dodgy scams to writing an effective complaint letter. Check out some of our greatest hits below, explore the categories listed on the left-hand side of the page, or head to CR.org for ratings, reviews, and consumer news.

Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.


Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

Thanks for visiting Consumerist.com. As of October 2017, Consumerist is no longer producing new content, but feel free to browse through our archives. Here you can find 12 years worth of articles on everything from how to avoid dodgy scams to writing an effective complaint letter. Check out some of our greatest hits below, explore the categories listed on the left-hand side of the page, or head to CR.org for ratings, reviews, and consumer news.

Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.


Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

Thanks for visiting Consumerist.com. As of October 2017, Consumerist is no longer producing new content, but feel free to browse through our archives. Here you can find 12 years worth of articles on everything from how to avoid dodgy scams to writing an effective complaint letter. Check out some of our greatest hits below, explore the categories listed on the left-hand side of the page, or head to CR.org for ratings, reviews, and consumer news.

Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.


Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

Thanks for visiting Consumerist.com. As of October 2017, Consumerist is no longer producing new content, but feel free to browse through our archives. Here you can find 12 years worth of articles on everything from how to avoid dodgy scams to writing an effective complaint letter. Check out some of our greatest hits below, explore the categories listed on the left-hand side of the page, or head to CR.org for ratings, reviews, and consumer news.

Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.


Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

Thanks for visiting Consumerist.com. As of October 2017, Consumerist is no longer producing new content, but feel free to browse through our archives. Here you can find 12 years worth of articles on everything from how to avoid dodgy scams to writing an effective complaint letter. Check out some of our greatest hits below, explore the categories listed on the left-hand side of the page, or head to CR.org for ratings, reviews, and consumer news.

Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.


Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

Thanks for visiting Consumerist.com. As of October 2017, Consumerist is no longer producing new content, but feel free to browse through our archives. Here you can find 12 years worth of articles on everything from how to avoid dodgy scams to writing an effective complaint letter. Check out some of our greatest hits below, explore the categories listed on the left-hand side of the page, or head to CR.org for ratings, reviews, and consumer news.

Mystery Diner Pays $485 Lunch Bill For Students With Autism & Their Teachers

A group of 25 elementary school students and 21 staffers in New Jersey received a special Teacher Appreciation Week gift from an anonymous customer who volunteered to pay for the group’s entire bill at a Tex-Mex restaurant.

The group students with autism, along with their teachers and speech therapists were enjoying their outing to Jose Tejas Restaurant in Woodbridge, NJ, last week when they got the surprise.

“At the end of our meal, the manager came over and told us our entire $485 bill was paid for by a fellow patron, and she chooses to remain anonymous because she told the manager she has a grandchild with special needs,” one teacher tells MyCentralJersey.com. “She wanted to show her appreciation to us on Teacher Appreciation Day.”

The students had brought their own money to pay for the lunch, which was the conclusion of an extended lesson on Cinco de Mayo. But with some benefactor choosing to foot the bill, the teachers told the kids to save the money for another outing.

While only the restaurant knows who the generous customer was, the teachers are hoping that the person(s) will see news items about the gift and know that it was appreciated. The students have even made a card that will be held at the restaurant in case the customer comes back.

“We’d like to thank her and give her a hug and let her know how much it meant,” says the teacher.

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.