Olive Garden Receipt on Reddit Tells Heartwarming and Viral Tale

Claire Gordon
Olive Garden free meal
Olive Garden free meal

The one thing the Internet loves above all else is cats. But maybe the second thing is restaurant receipts. At least a dozen receipts have gone viral in the past few years, almost always because of an insulting tip or a racial slur. The latest viral receipt, however, is the kind that restores your faith in humanity. It shows an act of corporate generosity so rare, apparently, that an online backlash erupted calling it a fraud.

Last Sunday, a man went out to eat at Olive Garden with his brother, wife, and 3-year-old daughter, according to his post on the anonymous online forum Reddit. The Reddit user said that the restaurant manager came over to ask how everything was, and the child informed him that her grandpa's house had just burned down. When they received the bill for their meal, the total was listed as "0.00."