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It Pays to Pray: Public Prayer at Restaurant Now Comes with 15% Discount


We’ve all heard the statement: when you go out in public, don’t do things that’ll offend others.

So, if you’re a person of religion or spirituality, you don’t perform public prayer to offend those who aren’t.

A North Carolina restaurant is trying to change that. The restaurant gives parties and individuals a 15% discount when they pray. The restaurant is known as Mary’s Gourmet Diner, and it is located in Winston-Salem, NC.

The restaurant doesn’t come out and tell people about the discount, but instead watches the individual or party. After eating, when the individual or group is ready to receive their check, they’ll notice a public prayer discount on their receipt. Mary’s Gourmet Diner owner Mary Haglund, is the daughter of a preacher/missionary, but doesn’t reward the tip based on a specific religious affiliation. Instead, she awards the discount to anyone who prays over their meal – to whomever they pray.


This happened recently to one Jordan Smith, who traveled to Winston-Salem recently for a business trip. She said that she and her business colleagues prayed, as their tradition dictates, before partaking of their meal. After the meal was over, the group waitress came to the table and told them, “Just so you know, we gave you a 15 percent discount for praying.” Public prayer saved $6 on Jordan Smith’s overall tab.

Jordan Smith shared the good news with Christian radio station Z88.3 (Orlando, Florida), who took time to share the news with all on its Facebook page: “A friend of ours just shared her receipt from lunch where she got a discount for praying in public!!! How cool is that?” The statement read.

The next time you stop to “have a moment” before your food, just remember that, in some way, it pays to pray. Indeed, how cool is it that you can get a 15% discount for public prayer?

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