After Its Receipt Went Viral On Facebook, A Restaurant Had To End Its 15% “Public Prayer” Discount

Many believed it was discriminatory.

1. This photo of a receipt went super viral on Facebook a few weeks ago. It was posted by a Florida radio station whose staffers were shocked when they noticed the receipt included a 15% discount for praying in public.

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2. The receipt is from a restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C., called Mary’s Gourmet Diner. Co-owner Mary Haglund said the discount was meant to inspire customers to be thankful.

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3. As the photo of the receipt went more viral, more users started to weigh in on whether or not they felt like the discount was fair to non-religious customers. The local news interviewed Haglund.

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4. The restaurant had been giving out the discount for the last four years and has never advertised it.

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5. It also didn’t only apply to Christian prayer, but reflective mediation of any kind before the meal.

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6. The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based out of Wisconsin, put pressure on Haglund and the restaurant staff to end their prayer discount. From the foundation’s site:

Mary’s Gourmet Diner agrees with the Freedom From Religion Foundation that all of its customers should be treated equally instead of some being rewarded for praying in the restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote an Aug. 4 letter of complaint after FFRF, a national state-church watchdog, learned that the diner had long been offering a 15 percent discount for “praying in public.”

Co-owner Mary Haglund emailed Cavell yesterday (Aug. 6): “I am notifying you & the FFRF that as of today we are no longer offering the 15% discount for Praying in Public.”

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7. Haglund put on a statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page earlier this week, writing that the discount was never meant to discriminate, just a gift to thankful customers.

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