While so many Americans are sick of seeing our soldiers disrespected while they see rich ungrateful grossly-overpaid ball tossers in the NFL kneel, one American couple did the unthinkable and left returning Army Specialist Scott Stranne stunned when the waiter told him what had been done for him.
When Stranne returned home this month, it was the first time he had seen his friends and family since he was deployed in March. So his friends and family decided to welcome him home by taking him out for a nice meal at the local Applebee’s restaurant. The total party added up to 20 people, all there to celebrate the return of their friend. As with all groups that large, the party was pretty loud and the rest of the restaurant could hardly hear themselves speak over the celebration that was taking place at the Stranne table.
Stranne said that his friends were all asking him about his deployment in Afghanistan. Which the couple on the table next to them must have overheard. The couple then quietly left and the returning hero’s own party started to die down. At the end of the meal, the waiter approached the group asking to speak with the “returning soldier from Afghanistan.” Stranne immediately thought the waiter was going to tell them to keep the noise down. But instead, the waiter instead informed the soldier that the couple next to them anonymously paid the returning bill, up to $300.
Friends took this vet out for dinner after he returned from Afghanistan—but a message from a nearby table changes everything
Veterans Day was this weekend, a day to pay respect to those who served. While most of us only think of the holiday as a long weekend, some people really get into the spirit and go out of their way to do something for a veteran.
But one couple in Lacey, Washington, went above and beyond—and left one veteran speechless.
It was the first Veteran’s Day for Army Specialist Scott Stranne, a young man who just served his first tour in Afghanistan.
When Stranne returned home this month, it was the first time he had seen his friends and family since he was deployed in March.
It was a happy homecoming for the young vet, who spent time fixing up cars with his dad and reuniting with his motorcycle group.
The 20-person group had missed their friend during his service, and were glad to have him back in town.
“Him being one of the main people in the group and leaving—it was pretty hard,” Stranne’s friend Kyle Davis, told CBS News. “We still tried to include him, calling him on Facebook video chat. He was in very, very, very dangerous areas.”
When Stranne returned, it was just like old times.
They didn’t do anything too special to welcome Stranne home—instead, they decided to go for a ride and hit up their regular lunch spot, Applebee’s.
“When he came back I was like, ‘Let’s meet at our spot,’” Davis added.
On Thursday, the group got a table and caught up with Stranne, who felt good to be home.
“It was like a welcome home thing, so I could see everyone,” Stranne told CBS News. “Some new people in the group asked me about Afghanistan.”
The conversation was flowing and the noise levels were increasing.
The large group of bikers was seated right next to a dining couple. Stranne admits they weren’t exactly the quietest group.
“We were being very loud,” he told KOMO News. “Just like a good group of friends.”
Of course, its all fun—until the check arrives. The group was handed a bill for nearly $300.
But as they were about to start splitting up the check, their server came over again with some stunning news—from the couple seated next to them.
“This couple wanted to anonymously donate $300 toward your meal.”
Everyone was shocked. Not only did these strangers pick up their entire tab, they did so completely anonymously—they had already left the restaurant when the bill arrived.
“I got chills; it was just awesome,” Stranne told CBS News. “An instant sense of gratitude overcame me.”
The Applebee’s manager was as stunned as they were by the couple’s generosity.
Lacey Applebee’s general manager Natasha Conners vowed to keep their identity a secret as requested, but she praised the couple’s generosity—she had never seen anything quite like it.
“I was shocked. I mean, that’s a lot of money,” Conners told KOMO News. “I could see someone buying a meal or a drink, but $300 is quite a bit, it paid for the whole party.”
Stranne had never seen anything like it, either. Even on Veterans Day weekend, he never could’ve imagined someone doing a random act of kindness on this scale.
“We never expected anything. We greatly, greatly appreciate what they did,” Stranne told CBS.
“At a time like this, it gives everyone a new faith in humanity. There’s still good out there.”
While the couple apparently wanted to remain anonymous, Stranne couldn’t let the good deed go unnoticed—he posted the story on Facebook, hoping he could track down the kind people and thank them in person.
“We never got the opportunity to properly thank them,” he told KOMO.
But even if he never knows who picked up his tab, the impact of the kindness will last a lifetime.
“It gives everyone faith in humanity. Everyone at that table had a slice of humility that night.”
While the couple apparently desired to remain anonymous, Stranne couldn’t let the good deed go unthanked, so he posted the story on his Facebook page in hopes that he could track down the kind couple and thank them in person.