Ellen DeGeneres gives $10,000 to New Hampshire waitress who paid soldiers' tab

October 20, 2013 6:26 AM

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Ellen DeGeneres gives $10,000 to New Hampshire waitress who paid soldiers' tab

A New Hampshire waitress who picked up the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers affected by the federal government's shutdown has been repaid – more than 300 times over – by television star Ellen DeGeneres.

Sarah Hoidahl, a waitress in Concord, N.H., just wanted to do a nice thing for the soldiers, so she paid for their lunch. 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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