facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Ellen DeGeneres repays waitress' act of kindness, adds $10,000 tip

Oct. 19, 2013 at 11:18 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
CONCORD, N.H., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A New Hampshire waitress who picked up the tab for two women in the National Guard was repaid, and then some, when entertainer Ellen DeGeneres gave her $10,000.

Sarah Hoidahl, 23, who lives with her mother and her 15-month-old son in Henniker, N.H., appeared on DeGeneres' syndicated TV show Friday.

She described overhearing the two women, as they ordered lunch at the Concord restaurant, talking about their financial problems because the federal government shutdown was holding up their paychecks.

"I'm a waitress, single mother, I know how hard that is," Hoidahl told DeGeneres.

Asked by DeGeneres how much she netted from that day's work at Ruby Tuesday, Hoidah said she ended up with $8, not enough to pay for her gas. DeGeneres then paid the $27.75 tab in cash, ending up with a fistful of change, added a 50-inch television set -- and then called for her checkbook and paid a $10,000 tip.

DeGeneres learned about the waitress' act of kindness from a posting on a National Guard Facebook page.

Hoidah said she never expected all the attention.

"It's just crazy -- and now I'm on 'Ellen,'" she said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Maureen O'Hara, Harry Belafonte to be honored with Governors Awards
2
Paula Patton makes first public appearance since Robin Thicke split
3
Meg Ryan buys Hank Azaria's loft in Soho for $8 million
4
Kylie Minogue says her butt doesn't compare to Nicki Minaj's
5
Drew Barrymore's half-sister Jessica died of accidental overdose
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback