This is a great Christmas story from the Augusta Chronicle!
Eslam Mohamed received a couple of surprises at Christmastime.
When Mohamed gratefully shared what happened on Facebook, his post went viral.
ON FACEBOOK: See the receipt post that was shared more than 28,000 times
He never expected such a response. He just wanted to tell his friends about a wonderful thing that happened, he said.
Mohamed said he and his family members – a group of seven adults and
five children – were seated at a large table. After dinner, Mohamed
requested separate checks because smaller family groups would pay for
The waitress returned with one receipt, on which was written “Paid. Merry Christmas Beautiful Family.”
He said that at first, everyone thought someone else at the table paid. But everyone denied picking up the tab.
“We asked her, ‘Please, who did that? We need to thank whoever it
is,’” Mohamed said. “She said,
‘Someone insisted not to be known.’ I
told the waitress if someone is still here, tell them it’s one of the
most wonderful things to happen to all of us in our whole life.”
The next morning, Mohamed, a graduate student at Augusta University
and avid Facebook user, posted a picture of the receipt on his Facebook
“I can’t express how this act touched our hearts,” he wrote in his
post. “Among all the bad things happening to Muslims and the hate speech
that the presidential candidate had made lately, there is still light
in the dark, there is still hope within frustration. All what I can say
to who did that, Merry Christmas to you too and God bless such a
beautiful heart you have.”
By Saturday, the post had been shared more than 28,000 times and been
picked up by several online news outlets, including the United
Kingdom’s Daily Mail.
“I never imagined it would go that far,” Mohamed said. “I’m happy
because the act of kindness spread like that. There is someone kind in
this world. Humanity still exists in a lot of things.”
He said that since the attacks in San Bernardino, Calif., in which a
couple opened fire at a holiday party, he has noticed a little more
hostility toward Muslims.
As a male, he said he doesn’t notice much directed at him, but the
women often receive unkind looks because of their hijabs. Nothing really
bad, but a shift in attitude.
“When we walk in the mall, people are staring at us,” he said.
“Staring is a bad thing anyhow. That’s why when this thing happened,
people knowing that we’re Muslims, (the person) didn’t care about that.
He just wanted to give. It touched our hearts.”
Mohamed said he has received tons of positive messages on his
Facebook page expressing support. But he has also received negative
comments from non-Muslims and Muslims alike, and that surprised him.
“They told me some things I can’t say. Some people say, ‘You’re a
liar,’” he said. “(Some) Muslims say you’re not supposed to say ‘Merry
And some commented on the food he ate.
“They said the chicken is not halal,” he said. Halal is a dietary law similar to kosher in the Jewish faith.
“They’re focusing on my receipt and missing the point,” he said.
Mohamed said he feels sorry for the ones who overlook the real
meaning of the event, but he is very happy about the amount of exposure
it is getting.
“The majority of people found the kindness,” he said.