Plant City, Florida - BuddyFreddy's Restaurant in Plant City is known for "Southern Family Dining" and now a customer has also taken notice of its southern hospitality.
Recalling last Sunday afternoon, waitress Sara Mauk says, "It was peak time. Church let out and regulars were coming in at that time."
Among the regular customers was Elaine Griffin. When she arrived home from church, she decided to go out for dinner instead of cooking.
Griffin says she thought twice about going out to dinner.
"I almost changed my mind, but something told me to come anyway."
Good thing Elaine decided to go with her first thought of Sunday dinner at BuddyFreddy's. Griffin says, "Someone started clapping. I'm thinking it's somebody's birthday. It got louder, then I heard someone praying, praising God."
While Elaine and 179 other customers enjoyed their meal, a random act of kindness is in motion.
Sara says, "Our manager on duty came to all our servers and said, 'Print up all your checks and bring them up to the front. Someone here wants to pick up the tab for everybody.'"
Upon hearing the news, Elaine recalls saying, "'What? God Bless them." Oh my, for them to bless somebody else."
That someone was waitress Brenda Doerr's customer, along with her two guests.
"They did nothing out of the ordinary to make you think that," says Brenda. She adds they were "very nice and easy to serve, pleasant."
Brenda has been a waitress at BuddyFreddy's for 31 years. She says, "Nothing compares to this. I've never seen anything this big."
Brenda's mystery customer paid about $2,600 in meals plus a $50 tip for each server.
Why would they do this? Sara says the mystery woman said she had a positive experience.
"They were happy with the food, they were happy seeing all the customers in here, happy smiling and the staff."
"It's very inspiring to come across someone like that," says Brenda.
Elaine says, "It gave me confirmation God is still in the blessing business."
Rumors have it that mystery woman may be the Powerball winner Gloria MacKenzie from Zephyrhills.
"No, positively not her at all," says Brenda. She describes the woman as petite and having reddish hair and her features did not resemble MacKenzie.
Regardless, this mystery woman's kind deed will be remembered and passed on.
Elaine says, "With all the turmoil in everything going on in the world, we still have someone that cares someone who still has a heart for people."
Elaine has this message for the mystery woman: "Thank you and come back to Plant City. Come back to our little town again!"
Restaurant managers say the mystery woman paid in cash and say she's from out of town, that she and her friends were passing through.
Customers and staff say she sure did leave a lasting impression.
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