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This diner gives 15% off if you pray over your meal

  • Woman posts photo of her 'Praying in Public' discount
  • Diner says they do it all the time for p(r)aying customers
  • Picture of receipt shared nearly 2,000 times on Facebook
This diner gives 15% off if you pray over your meal

There is clearly no separation of church and plate at Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The pious ("pie"-us?) proof has been delivered unto the social media masses in the form of a picture of a receipt from the restaurant, showing a 15% discount applied for "Praying in Public."

The tab belonged to Jordan Smith, who had traveled to Winston-Salem for a business trip and stopped for breakfast at Mary's with two colleagues Wednesday morning.

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She tells HLN the group "prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, 'Just so you know, we gave you a 15% discount for praying,' which I'd never seen before."

Impressed, Smith shared a photo of the receipt on her Facebook page. A mutual friend then posted the pic on the page of Orlando Christian radio station Z88.3 and it's taken off from there, being shared more than 1,700 times as of Thursday afternoon.

On their own Facebook page, Mary's Gourmet Diner confirmed the receipt is legit and an employee tells HLN they throw in the "public prayer" discount all the time.

Smith says she was "definitely surprised" by the 15% savings and that "the three of us at the table talked about how wonderful that is and what a cool thing it is that they do as business owners."

She's also been surprised how the photo has spread online. "I just innocently posted it to my Facebook page and it's been really fun to see where it's gone from there."

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