Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, NC make it pay to pray.
Mary’s Gourmet Diner has an official policy of giving diners a special savings if they “pray publicly” before chowing down. The restaurant has reportedly offered patrons the holy discount for four years.
Last week, Christian music radio station Z88.3, Orlando, Fla. uploaded a photo of the discounted receipt to Facebook, causing the news to go viral and generate controversy.
Nearly 10,000 people liked the post with believers and atheists offering either support or criticism of the practice.
“Did she pray for a discount,” quipped one commentator…
Restaurant manager Mary Haglund clarified the policy to Fox News. “It’s about the whole idea of gratitude,” she said. “It’s not a religious thing, it’s a spiritual thing.” If someone is seen “having a moment,” Ms. Haglun said, the customer gets a randomly-offered discount.