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Anonymous Customer Buys Breakfast for Everyone at Parks & Rec

Seven tables plus tip

People eat at two-top laminate tables near the windows inside Parks & Rec diner. Michelle and Chris Gerard
Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

A whole room full of customers at Parks & Rec received a pleasant surprise during Saturday morning breakfast — a free meal. An anonymous diner decided to pick up the $271.60 tab for the entire restaurant after finishing his meal, according to a post on the popular brunch spot’s Facebook page.

On February 11 a really amazing thing happened at P&R.

We hosted a special person who, after completing a breakfast, secretly bought a morning meal for everyone in the Diner. Our remaining guests were surprised to discover that their bills had been paid when they asked for their tabs. The guest, requesting to remain anonymous, had paid for their meals, included gratuity for our server, and then just slipped out the door.

We are touched by the generosity of strangers and love the "Pay it Forward" spirit making Detroit a unique place.

Thank you so much to the anonymous guest who made so many other people have an even more fantastic Saturday morning, but also made all of the staff at P&R over the moon. #bethegoodindetroit #payitforward

The pay-it-forward moment wasn’t just reserved for patrons. Restaurant manager Lisa Carleton tells Eater that the man “was very generous to the staff as well.” She adds, “We, of course, do not want to give out the name of the man who did this, but want to thank him for his generosity.”

Perhaps the act will encourage others to pay-it-forward. In 2015, when a customer drive-thru customer at a Chick-fil-A in Georgia paid the bill for the next person in line, the generosity inspired 214 more patrons to do the same.

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