Waitress Who Bought Meal For Furloughed Officers Gets Free CAR From Ellen

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On yesterday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the beloved talk show host surprised her favorite waitress with another token of her appreciation.

Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress at Ruby Tuesday in Concord, N.H., bought a meal for furloughed officers during the government shutdown. Cost: $27.75.

After that simple act of generosity went viral, Ellen had her on the program and paid her back - plus an extra $10,000 and a flat screen TV for good measure.

Flash forward to this week, when the talk show host called up Hoidahl at work to surprise her with another sizable gift. Check out the footage below!

"Hey Sarah, it's Ellen," DeGeneres said. "I'm just checking in. What ya doing?"

"Hi! Oh my god, is it really you?" Hoidahl said before adding, "It's been crazy but it's been so much fun. Oh my god, I can't believe I'm talking to you."

She really couldn't believe what happened next.

Hoidahl talked about the support she's gotten from her job and all the well wishes people from all over the world have sent her in the wake of the story.

Ellen continued, "We gave you a $10,000 tip and I heard a lot of that, or some of it is going to go towards a car that you and your mom share, right?"

It is. Or was. No longer. DeGeneres went on to surprise a sobbing and very happy Hoidahl with the keys to a brand new 2014 Honda Santa Fe Sport!

Talk about paying it forward! We're so glad there are people like Sarah, and Ellen, in the world today. Always puts a smile on your face, doesn't it?


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I’m thrilled that the California supreme court overturned the ban on gay marriage. I can’t wait to get married. We all deserve the same rights, and I believe that someday we’ll look back on this and not allowing gays to marry will seem as absurd as not allowing women to vote.

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