Waitress Picks Up Tab For Furloughed Soldiers, Ellen Gives Her $10K

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A waitress who picked up the tab for two National Guard soldiers affected by the government shutdown was paid back by Ellen DeGeneres - and then some.

Sarah Hoidahl of Concord, N.H., said she just wanted to do a nice thing for the soldiers she was waiting on, so she recently picked up their lunch tab of $27.75.

On Friday, after the story went viral, Ellen interviewed Hoidahl and paid her $27.75 in cash. Then she threw in a check for $10,000 and a 50-inch television.

An emotional Hoidahl buried her face in her hands and thanked Ellen, who replied multiple times, "You're a good person." And right she is. Watch it unfold:

DeGeneres heard of Hoidahl's gesture when the New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture on its Facebook page and the story spread quickly online.

The government shutdown ended after more than two weeks with the passage of a temporary budget agreement, but tensions could resurface in early 2014.

In the meantime, it's nice to hear at least one good thing came out of it.

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That's a great story! Bravo and Ellen does good things on her show. She is 1000 times better than ophra.

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but she is still the greedy lesbian.

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@ abe

you are hateful. I feel sorry for you

Limom

Sarah is a wonderful young lady! And what a lovely gesture by Ellen. It's nice to see stories like this.... the people in this world who make a positive difference & make the world a better place.