Ellen gives $10K to NH waitress for soldiers' tab
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A New Hampshire waitress who picked up lunch tab for two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government's shutdown has been repaid -- more than 300 times over -- by television star Ellen DeGeneres.
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Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress in Concord, N.H., just wanted to do a nice thing for the soldiers, so she recently picked up their lunch tab. It cost her $27.75.
On Friday, DeGeneres squared the tab and then some, giving Hoidahl $27.75 in cash and a check for $10,000.
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An emotional Hoidahl buried her face in her hands and thanked DeGeneres as the talk show host repeated "You're a good person."
DeGeneres caught wind of Hoidahl's act of kindness when the New Hampshire National Guard posted a picture on its Facebook page. The story spread quickly online, producers saw it and invited Hoidahl to Hollywood.
Ellen also gave her a 50-inch television.
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