Sunday, 3 August 2014
NEWS:: Diner Gets Discount at North Carolina Restaurant for Praying Over Meal
check for simply praying over her meal at a Winston-Salem,
North Carolina restaurant Wednesday.
Jordan Smith stopped for breakfast with two colleagues at
Mary's Gourmet Diner where they publicly prayed for their food,
and later were surprised with the deduction.
" … The waitress came over at the end of the meal and said,
'Just so you know, we gave you a 15% discount for praying,'
which I'd never seen before," said Smith, according to HLN TV.
"The three of us at the table talked about how wonderful that is
and what a cool thing it is that they do as business owners."
After leaving the restaurant, Smith posted a photo of her receipt
on her Facebook page. Soon after, a Florida radio station
reposted the image which went viral.
Mary's Gourmet Diner confirmed that they gave Smith the
discount on their own Facebook page, and noted that although it
is not a policy, they oftentimes offer the same courtesy to other
"Yes, if we see you praying, you get 15% off your bill," they wrote
Despite the restaurant's generous gesture, a few people on HLN TV's website questioned whether their practice amounts to
discrimination. Others asked if Muslims would get the same
"So if someone starts screaming "Allah Akbar" will they also
receive a 15% discount. And if not would this be considered
discrimination?," asked Nick M., a reader.
He added, " … This is a terrible idea. Imagine if Atheist
restaurants started doing this. Giving 15% discounts for stating
facts like "God answers the same amount of prayers as the
Flying Spaghetti Monster". Would that really benefit society? So
why the double standard?"
Another reader, Len Kivi asked, "I'm a war Veteran, how about a
20% discount?," and others questioned whether Smith's receipt
photograph was a stunt made by the restaurant to lure in
However, Smith noted that since posting her picture, the
thousands of shares and likes on Facebook have surprised her.
"I just honestly posted it to my Facebook page and it's been
really fun to see where it's gone from there," said Smith.
According to the restaurant's website, Mary's Gourmet Diner has
been opened for four years but was previously known as Mary's
Of Course!, a former family-owned and run café.