Red Lobster server surprises widow on anniversary

By Brandie Piper

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A Columbia, Mo. Red Lobster server went above and beyond her duty recently, picking up the tab for a widow celebrating her wedding anniversary with her daughter.

For 31 years the woman and her husband spent their anniversary at Red Lobster. The unidentified woman’s husband passed away in March, so her daughter decided to keep the tradition alive, taking her mom out for an anniversary meal.

The daughter’s brother, Reddit user Coppin-it-washin-it, said the server asked his mom and sister if they were celebrating anything special. His sister explained to the server her parents’ tradition, and the rest of the meal went normally. Until it was time for the bill.

Instead of giving them the bill, the server handed them a note. Coppin-it-washin-it posted a photo of it on Reddit, which has since been deleted. You can see a copy of it on Buzzfeed. The note read:

We are sorry to hear about your husband’s passing, but we appreciate your loyalty in spending 31 years of your anniversary with us. For your appreciation your meal is on us! We look forward to spending your next anniversary with us! Sincerely, Red Lobster & your server, Taylor

NewsChannel 5 confirmed the authenticity of the note with a spokesperson for Darden Restaurants.

“What Taylor, the server, and Chad, the manager on duty, did demonstrates how our teams live Red Lobster’s core values of genuine caring and hospitality each day,” said spokesperson Erica Ettori. “All of us at Red Lobster are truly proud of the Columbia team and appreciate their commitment to making every guest’s dining experience a special one. We also extend our wishes to the family who dined with us and look forward to serving them again next year!”

Published July 10, 2014 on and shared more than 18,600 times on Facebook.

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