Went out to dinner last night, and I paid for the table next to me - Pay It Forward
I am playing in a tennis tournament this weekend, and I won my doubles quarterfinal match yesterday.
I was starving after the match, so I decided to go to one of my favorite places to eat that I haven't been to in a while because it's not close to where I live now, but it was close to the tournament site.
Ceasar's Mongolian Barbecue. If you've never been to a Mongolian Barbecue, you HAVE to try it. You step up to a bar with all kinds of veggies, thinly sliced meats and sauces, put it in your bowl and hand it to the chef who gives it a quick stir-fry on a huge 4-foot diameter flat "wok", then gives it back to you in a clean plate. Yum! I usually end up seriously overeating at this place since it's all you can eat.
Anyway, I was eating my meal, and I noticed a family of four sitting at the table next to me. They seemed like a nice bunch. Call me crazy, and I'm not sure why but something told me these people could stand to have something nice be done for them.
I called the waitress over and asked her to bring me their bill, and that I would like to pay it for them. So I paid their bill and mine, and gave the waitress a cash tip.
On my way out, I asked the waitress to give them the bill (not the credit card receipt) showing it was paid, and I wrote on the back of one of my cards and attached it to the bill - "Do something nice for someone in the next week. Pay It Forward. All the best, Ralph"