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Man Pays for Dinner of Two Strangers . . .

By Eowyn @DrEowyn

A man and woman had dinner in Cicco’s Ristorante, north of Toronto in Ontario, Canada.

When it came time for them to pay their bill, they were surprised to find that a stranger who was sitting in the next table already had paid the tab. The man left this note (see below), scribbled on a paper napkin.

widower's note

Dave Urbanski reports for The Blaze, Jan. 15, 2014, that Lee Ballantyne lost his wife, Carol, just before New Year’s Eve. They had been married 43 years.

A week after her death, Lee did the first of what will be many firsts — he ate alone at a restaurant.

At Cicco’s Ristorante north of Toronto, Lee saw a couple dining at the next table, which brought back memories of his beloved wife.

So he wrote the note on a napkin, gave it to the waitress and asked her to put the couple’s bill on his credit card.

Cicco’s owner Lindsay Weiss delivered the note and the good news to the couple: “They were beyond touched and grateful. I cried. The waitress and chef cried. It was one of the kindest gestures I’ve ever witnessed.”

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