Saying there is “still hope” in a country where presidential candidates indulge in “hate speech,” a Georgia man wrote on Facebook that an unidentified stranger picked up the tab for his party of 12 Muslims at a local restaurant on Christmas Eve.
Writing on Facebook on Christmas Day, Eslam S. Mohamed stated that there was no doubt that the seven adults and five children dining at the Augusta Olive Garden were Muslims because of the language that was spoken at the table and women wearing hijabs.
“Yesterday I went to Olive Garden restaurant to have dinner with nice families. We were a group of 7 adults and 5 children,” he wrote.”Everyone in the restaurant was knowing that we were Arabs Muslims on the table coz of the language and the ladies were having scarves over their head ( Hijab ). After finishing we asked for the receipts and the waitress came to us with that receipt in the picture.”
Accompanying the post was a photo of the receipt with “Paid – Merry Christmas — Beautiful family,” written across it.
“Yes, someone paid for us and wrote those wonderful words on the receipt. I can’t express how this act touched our hearts,” Mohamed wrote. “Among all the bad things happening to Muslims and the hate speech that the presidential candidate had made lately , there is still light in the dark, there is still hope within the frustration.”
He added, “All what I can say to who did that, Merry Christmas to you too and God bless such a beautiful heart you have.”
Facebook post with receipt below: