Patrons of Mary's Diner in Winston-Salem, N.C. might be in for a very pleasant surprise if they stop to pray before their meals.
The Blaze is reporting that the N.C. diner sometimes offers a 15% discount to their patrons who thank God before eating their meals, though this discount is not advertised and is by no means a guarantee.
Mary Haglund, 60, set the precedent for this unofficial policy back in 2010 when she opened her diner. While she is happy to allow her employees to give the discount, she does not require it of them. Her workers who are not religious or do not believe in the message behind the discount are never forced to give customers the prayer discount.
In an interview with The Blaze, Haglund points out that the discount is not an enforced or guaranteed policy. She explains it to be much simpler than that. She tells The Blaze, “It’s just a moment or faithfulness about the plate of food,” she said. “It’s not even a policy — it’s [something] we only do when we’re moved to do it.”
In the same interview, Haglund explained her reasoning for giving the prayer discount, “For me, every plate of food is a gift,” she explained. “And I never take that for granted and when I see someone in a restaurant honoring their gratefulness at my table … it touches my heart.”
Haglund was born to a preacher and a missionary, though she admits that she has lost touch with her Christian faith in her later years. This has not affected her admiration of those who do choose to pray to God, though, and Haglund still considers herself to be a spiritual person.