A veteran had just come home after serving in Afghanistan when his biker group of friends wanted to throw him a party. The crowd thought a scolding was in store for being rowdy, but what the waiter told them instead left them in “complete shock.”
In November, after Army Specialist Scott Stranne returned stateside from his first deployment to Afghanistan, he met up with a group of around 20 of his friends from his motorcycle club. They had been riding together from two years prior, but Stranne had missed out on it after being deployed in March.
“Him being one of the main people in the group and leaving—it was pretty hard,” Stranne’s friend Kyle Davis told CBS News. “We still tried to include him, calling him on Facebook video chat. He was in very, very, very dangerous areas.”
Less than a week after Stranne’s return, however, the group wanted a get together again.
“When he came back I was like, ‘Let’s meet at our spot,’” Davis said.
The group of friends went for a ride and ended up at an Applebee’s restaurant in Lacey, Washington.
“It was like a welcome home thing, so I could see everyone,” Stranne said. “Some new people in the group asked me about Afghanistan.”
“We were being very loud, just like a good group of friends,” he told Komonews.com.
Then a waiter came over asking to speak to the “returning soldier from Afghanistan.”
Just when they thought they were going to be scolded for being too noisy, the waiter gave them the check, showing that the bill had been taken care of already by a couple who had been sitting behind them.
“This couple wanted to anonymously donate $300 toward your meal. Right now, it’s $260,” the waiter said.
“Everyone was in shock, everyone was in complete shock,” Natasha Conners recalled of the group’s reaction.
“I got chills; it was just awesome. An instant sense of gratitude overcame me,” Stranne told CBS News.
“We never expected anything. We greatly, greatly appreciate what they did time. At a time like this it gives everyone a new faith in humanity. There’s still good out there,” he added.
As the employees at Applebee’s were tight-lipped about the couple’s identity, Stranne took to Facebook to search for them.
“I just want to sincerely say thank you,” he explained.
“We would like to give them as much thanks as we possibly can. There’s not a whole lot of support out there. To see that was just absolutely amazing,” Davis added.