Bill for Comped Olive Garden Meal Goes Viral

By An Phung
|  Wednesday, Mar 27, 2013  |  Updated 2:36 PM PDT
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Bill for Comped Olive Garden Meal Goes Viral

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A family who ate at Olive Garden over the weekend received a sweet surprise at the end of their meal that would put a slice of tiramisu to shame.

The popular chain restaurant gave a man and his family a free meal after his 3-year-old daughter told the manager that her grandfather's house burned down. The man posted a photo of the receipt on Reddit on Tuesday night and news of the good deed went viral.

The receipt was billed as a public relations ploy at first, but a representative from Olive Garden quickly debunked that rumor.

“The receipt is real and was posted by the guests, not by anyone at Olive Garden or Darden,” an Olive Garden rep told Consumerist. “We are always looking for ways to surprise and delight our guests, and this was one of the ways the Olive Garden team in Vernon Hills, Ill., did that last weekend.”

Earlier this year, a manager at the burger chain Red Robin cheered up a pregnant mom when she received her bill and saw that her burger was comped with a line item that read MOM 2 BEE GOOD LUC.

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