Winston-Salem restaurant gives 15 percent discount for praying in public, photo of receipt goes viral

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – A Facebook post featuring a receipt from a Winston-Salem restaurant has gone viral for apparently offering a customer a discount for praying.

Mary’s Gourmet Diner in Winston-Salem apparently gives a 15 percent discount for praying in public.

A Christian radio station, Z88.3, Orlando FL, posted an image of the receipt to its Facebook page, where it got more than 1,500 shares.

The post reads, “A friend of ours just shared her receipt from lunch where she got a discount for praying in public!!! How cool is that?”

Mary’s Gourmet Diner is on Trade Street in Winston-Salem and was formerly called Breakfast of Course. The restaurant was featured in the Huffington Post a few years ago.


      • I Kill Children

        No I will not change my name thank you. I have the choice for a name and this is it. Get over it. Second you just proved my point. The fact that my comment offended you, must mean that you are indeed A braindead, mindless, propagated Republican. If not, then my comment would have meant nothing. You sure seem offended for someone that, Im sure, whines constantly about people in this country always being offended. Especially over something as trivial as my name. Oh and I didn’t will the business ill will either, even though I’m sure this was done purely for publicity.

      • lovethetruth

        Regarding your above posts where you speak of the regulars here who hurl insults and make cheap shots, when a person tries to engage in civil discourse… I agree with you wholeheartedly. I have had them report my comments, which contained no name-calling or invective, or racial slurs, etc. These comments simply stated an opinion with which they did not agree. And oddly enough, Fox8 removed my comments. They allowed their comments full of racist, sexist, ignorant comments, to remain.

      • I Kill Children

        LOVETHETRUTH I know I am not the only person that has noticed this. These regular users stifle any debate or any opposition to the republican ideals that have come to believe as the ONLY accepted vein of thought. Doing just as I, and now you, and I know others, have said. Hurling insults and deleting comments that they don’t agree with. Sadly this illustrates a greater problem with society in this state and in this country. When ideas and thoughts are censored and debate is not allowed, then we are truly working towards the actual foundations of REAL Communism. Not Communism as just an insult. Instead of the government itself limiting differing opinions, the public has been propagated (by their political parties) in to doing the censorship for them. Thus limiting free speech and personal beliefs because the regular users deem these beliefs unacceptable, and therefore, not allowed.

    • Brad

      Wait, what? Why is this supposed to make me mad? If someone wants to pray in public, more power to them.

  • Tony Brown

    Didn’t Jesus specifically say NOT to do that, though?
    Matt 6:5 And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

    • HereYouGo

      Exactly. While I do usually bow my head for a quick prayer over my food, I don’t do it to be noticed, or for a reward. No doubt, there will be a ton of people coming in there “praying” before eating, just for the discount.

      • j

        a ton? i wouldn’t think so, not at 2.25 for a glass of iced tea or a cup of coffee … and is that a strip of bacon for 3.00 on that receipt? i think you’d still come out way ahead by doing the praying at home and fixing your own coffee. :)

      • Dotsy

        Yay! What a win for Christians! Regardless of the reason they are praying, they, atheist, Buddhist, Muslim, Christian whatever, they are ACKNOWLEDGING and TALKING to GOD! We are ALL Gods children and He hears us all when we speak to Him! This is just one step towards turning the hearts of unbelievers and it’s amazing!! Pray all you want people! For a reward or a discount or to make someone mad, it doesn’t matter, YOU are talking to GOD! Go Christians!

    • John Fonda

      Jesus recommended private prayer and said we should not pray for the purpose of being seen. He and others in the Bible, however, often prayed in public, in groups and before meals without any negative connotation.

      • DISmoak

        Now now…you and I both know you cant quote the Bible in public unless its for a liberal agenda…You must think people actually read the whole thing?!? (I agree with you whole heartedly)

    • GP Davenport

      This is not what that scripture is talking about. This passage has been used to try to keep people in the closet with their faith. It is talking about being real with your faith, not fake. The religious people spoken of in this passage were not about praying, but making a fake show of how religious they were. I’m sure the folks given the discount didn’t stand up in the restaurant and pray loudly just to be heard and seen how religious they were. Most people I see praying over their food simply bow with their family and say a quiet prayer thanking God for the food. How about this scripture: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Jesus is saying LET your good deeds be seen by others so that they will give glory to God in heaven.

    • AphroditeBean

      I came to the comments just to see if someone else mentioned this, because it was my very first thought too.

    • Hel Len

      Matthew 6:6
      “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

  • Paul

    Unbelievable. Rewarding superstitious idiocy with a discount. Only in America (and yes, this is an insult outside of the U.S.).

      • I Kill Children

        How dare you Paul!? How dare you express YOUR opinion? You know you cant do that unless it’s the same viewpoints the MyFox8 sheep constantly preach.

        Thats the same “love it or leave it” arguement Ive always heard. No he can stay here and express his opinion, just like you can yours. But just like I hear the whole “freedom of speech” expression overused, “freedom of speech” is only allowed if YOU agree with it.

    • Hobbes

      Interesting comment, Paul. Lacks a coherent argument, falls back on ad hominem attacks… but interesting.

      • JT

        No, there is a coherent thought there. He exposed belief in mythology for what it is–absurd. I like what Emmett says, too–so if I drag out a prayer rug and face East and begin to pray to Allah or assume the Lotus position and begin reciting a Zen koan, will I get free tea? Oh, and IKC–love your “handle” (and, most of the time, what you say). Some friends and I often ask WWJD–What Would Jello Do?

      • I Kill Children

        TO JT
        Yes JT! Though I’m a fan of them, I still pride myself on being able to form my own opinions, beliefs and own lifestyle based off being open minded and subjective to critical thinking. As well as my own likes and dislikes. Looking at all the facts and ideas presented before me and being able to form an opinion. As you can see doing so on this site leads to constant ridicule and insults from the dumb masses. But I’d rather keep my dignity and go with what I believe rather then what I’m told to believe. I may not fall directly in line with what Jello believes or advocates, but I do with some things as well.
        TO HOBBES
        Weather it was the topic at hand or not, it was HIS OPINION. He can express his just like you or anyon else can theirs. PAUL using the term “only in America” is an “attack on America”? How so? Please explain. My opinion of his statement is that it exposes how this is a form of cheap sensationalism. Over something as trivial as praying in a resterant (and being rewarded with a discount) is something that only happens in America. Though that is a generalization, it can be used to expose how much religion (which can be for better or worse) has come to take control of peoples lives. Which in a broader context shows how religion can be used to control people. Which, in turn, can be used to influence people for any other matter that doesnt directly pertain to religion itself. Weather it be social, political, econimical whatever. All in the name of religion. Religion or Athiesm is up to the individual to believe. Anyone has the choice to believe in a religion or not to at all. But the people that frequent here constantly bash anyone that presents a differeing opinion, regardless of topic. I am proof of this along with several other posters. Instead of being respectful, people like you unleash the liberal/commie/nazi/socialist ect. insults I ALWAYS see. Frank Sinner (or Sinner 3 or whatever he’s called) is the best example. Or the same majority stereotype all blacks as wellfare “government moochers” or hispanics as “illeagal border jumping, job stealers”. So re-thing your words and the words of others before you get self righteous about “hate speech”. This is why, I myself, lump the masses on here as rednecks. To show you the very same thing you do to the very same groups of people I just mentioned. To which the masses on here automatically get offended. People like you can’t take insults even though you do the same thing to other people. Oh and like in my reply to KIM HANKINS, I didn’t wish the business bad luck. But I do feel this was done for nothing but publicity. Which is what a lot of things the media reports turns out to be. So don’t give me that “champion of freedom” BS. Im not this flag waving” champion of freedom”, like republicans make themselves out to be either. I’m trying to say that if there is still freedom, it works BOTH WAYS. For everyone regardless of THEIR beliefs or origin or whatever. Even if it disagrees with YOUR beliefs.

      • Hobbes

        IKC, “weather” or not you followed my post, I have no problem with opinions. My point is that his opinion was simply composed of unsubstantiated insults. And, yes, writing “only in America” is an attack. A) that’s my opinion, so you must accept it as legitimate by your own argument and B) imagine if someone commented on government corruption in the Sudan and added “only in Africa.” Would that not be an attack on the character of Africa? Of course it would.

        You can choose to be an atheist if you want. Ignoring the evidence, only atheists. (See what I did there?) ;) I think if you’re honest, you’ll see that most belligerent and intolerant posts in this thread are yours. You mock and accuse without much presentation of fact. You assume things about others and then condemn anyone assuming things about others.

        I’d be happy to discuss your belief system or my belief system. Atheism is built in a negative, so it really has no evidence to present, but I’m not against discussing almost anything. I was once an evolutionist… until I studied it. I have concluded it is as much a religion as any belief system. It has its denominations, its creeds, it assumptions. No scientist today reading “Origin of the Species” takes Darwin seriously. They just like his conclusion. They clearly reject his methods (and the man was ignorant of genetics, obviously). In my case, I concluded these were based solely on a presumption of fact and not on an actual demonstration of fact (which is what science is). Have a nice day.

      • I Kill Children

        It seems you misunderstood my post again. Im not arguing about the rationale or factuality of religion or atheism. The point I tried to make, yet you failed to see, is that regardless of someones beliefs, all beliefs should have the chance to be presented. has the same set of regular posters. Posters that adhere to a strict, constant “republican” set of beliefs. LEARN THE LAW, WE BUILT THIS COUNTRY, DAVID ESMAY, JT, ME and others have all offered differing views (sometimes stereotyped [sometimes truthfully sometimes not] as being liberal or left leaning), which is immeaditely followed by insults. Insults which constanly refer to the posters I mentioned as someone who” doesn’t have a job, depends on SNAP and is an Obama robot”, or as a” communist” or whatever other shallow insults you all care to offer, regardless of the tone of my post or theirs. The intention of my “belligerent and intolerent posts” is to show the regular users the exact same disrespect and shallow insults that they themselves give out. To which they usually immeadiately become offended. Calling me (yet again) a racist or socialist or whatever. I also base my posts off the vauge, extremely narrowminded, and sometimes underlying racist posts by these regular users. If you havent noticed this you are either new or in denial. I can believe either. Political and social views that are based soley off a preconcieved set of political views rather then facts. Immeaditely dissmissing any attempt to respectfully debate. Or at least attempt to be openminded. If you think MY posts are “belligerent and intolerent”, then I strongly suggest you pay attention to those same regular users. SINNER 3, FAITH C, NCMALE, STINGER 90, just to name a few. Watch their posts when it comes to any story relating to anyone or anything that counters Republican beliefs of ideas. Or something that gives support to anything that supports Democrat beliefs or ideas. Then you will see the “most belligerent and intolerable posts” that “mock and accuse without much presentation of fact”. Go on and observe, you will notice (unless you deny it) what I’m referring to. Essentially my idea is to structure my posts in the same fashion most of the regular users do. Treating them with the exact same disrespect that they themselves treat anyone else with on here with a differing opinion. The fact you fail to notice the similarities in “my” posts vs “their” posts shows how you let your political beliefs immeadiately call out me, while not calling out someone that does the exact same thing, yet you happen to agree with. I also strucure my posts with the intention of playing “Devil’s Advocate”. Offering a counterviewpoint on a subject for the sake of spurring debate. But when I try to do so, I am immeadiately (again) insulted and ridiculed. It doesnt bother me, I expect that reaction on here to whatever I say. But I find it sad when this mentality of constant narrowmindedness and non onjectvity is taken into in already broken voting booth. Which contributes to helping to make Washington even more corrupt then it already is. My beliefs are up for debate. Care to if you will. But the regular MyFox8 users have already closed their eyes and ears to such an idea.

        “In view of the fact that God limited the intelligence of man, it seems unfair that he did not also limit his stupidity”
        -Konrad Adenauer

    • Hobbes

      IKC… he didn’t primarily express an opinion about the topic at hand, he threw out unfounded attacks on anyone who happens to disagree with him. If you are such a champion of freedom, then you should support this private business’ right to do whatever they please. He concluded his comment with an attack on America, thus opening up the topic. “Superstitious idiocy” is not an insult, it borders on hate-speech.

      As for my thoughts, I believe atheism is intellectual idiocy, so I look forward to your powerful defense of my post.

      • I Kill Children

        See HOBBES. I replied to you, personally, so this would go in your inbox so I know you would see it and can’t make an excuse for not replying. Look below to the recent comment by ABORTIONISMURDER. This user is either a pathetic attempt to troll. Or just proved EXACTLY every point I was making in ALL my posts on this page. Go on HOBBES try and tell me how this post isn’t “belligerent and intolerent”. And does nothing but “mock and accuse without much presentation of fact” Like you accuse ME of doing. Yet this user does it and hypocrites like you WILL NOT call him out just because you agree with him. So many people on this page have shown their disgust at the regular trash that comment on here, as well as their opinion that this story is a farce to say the least. I await you “powerful defense of my post”.

    • John

      Paul, if you really believe that this only happens in the US, I have to believe that you are fairly ignorant of the world outside of the US. Which would make your statement ignorant.

  • Emmett Furrow

    Do they pay attention to whom you’re praying? Is it a cross-denominational discount? If they don’t like your particular deity, do they add a surcharge?

  • Charles McCracken

    Technically, they are charging people who don’t pray 15% more than those who do. Or to look at it another way, they are actually paying people through a discount to provide a service. Are we collecting income tax from those people who are praying for money? I’m guessing not.

    • Hobbes

      So if I use a coupon or a company promises to take 10% off if I say their slogan, the company is actually charging other people a premium? I don’t know FL tax rates or tax law, but how do you know the tax isn’t based on the total before the discount? If you go to an ice cream shop that’s giving out free cones to anyone who wears the company t-shirt, do you expect them to collect the taxes on the value of the cone?

      • Robin

        Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination because of race, color, ****religion****, or national origin in certain places of public accommodation, such as hotels, ****restaurants****, and places of entertainment. It’s fine to give a discount based on anything not in that title (saying the slogan, wearing a shirt). It’s not a tax issue as Charles says, it’s a civil rights issue. Imagine if you got a 15% discount for being white. Or a 15% discount for being female. Or a 15% discount for being a Mexican citizen.

        Those things aren’t OK, they’re illegal. I don’t know why this would be any more legal.

  • fight for our hero's, just like they fought for us

    It’s better to pray in private in a closet than to pray in public just for the world to see, God want’s one on one time with you, not for you to pray for everyone to see just so people they think your a Christian, Our God is a jealous God, He want’s one on one time, That’s why I don’t go to church, God and I have our own relationship and he loves me for it.

  • Marsha Ware

    Why are people so offended by this? And as for the Bible passage, Jesus was referring to people making loud productions in public.if you quietly bow your head and give thanks , I really dont think God would be offended.

  • Bart S

    If a business wants to do this, then let them do it. I didn’t read anywhere that said it advertised a prayer discount. As a bleeding heart it’s not prayer that bothers me. It’s when those behind the praying try to force everyone else around them to do so as well. Prayer is a form of meditation and if that’s what you want to do then do it. I don’t have a problem with Christianity or any other religion as long as it is not forced upon me or used to shape government policies. Personally, my issue with a lot of Christians is that they only want to believe their interpretation of the Word of God. Since there are differing opinions on what is and is not said is the precise reason it should be left out of politics and government. Government should be used to protect the public and advance its people not enslave them to an ideology that not everyone agrees upon. Should a person choose to live a biblical life then don’t pick and choose. Either follow it whole heartedly or not at all. Furthermore, don’t make me do it. Government works for all people (well, supposed too) so it should be geared toward the betterment of those its serves. I honestly think that if Jesus were here today He’d be appalled in the things His followers are invoking His name for.

  • Bill

    “Dear all he gods and goddesses…Please protect me so I don’t puke on the food, Amen.” Is that enough to get me 15% off if I make a spectacle of myself when I say it.

    • Infidel1000

      Great Idea, Bill. How ’bout Satan? Baal, Thor, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds? The Possibilities are endless. “Praying to Satan. Check, please.” That should get a response.

  • separationofpowers

    As a Wiccan, will I have enough room to cast a circle? Will the candles cause an issue? Also, I will require sage to smudge the space I will be given to pray. Can I just come in with all my spiritual tools or do I need to make a reservation to have my needs accommodated? I would like very much to get the 15% discount.

  • jburns9999

    I doubt the discount is for prayer. Lets find out by doing the following.

    Make sure your body and place of prayer are clean. Perform ablutions if necessary. Make the intention to perform your obligatory prayer.
    Standing, raise hands up and say “Allahu Akbar” (God is Most Great).
    Standing with hands folded over chest, recite the first chapter of the Qur’an in Arabic. Then recite any other verses of the Qur’an that you would like.
    Raise hands up, saying “Allahu Akbar.” Bow, reciting three times, “Subhana rabbiyal adheem” (Glory be to my Lord Almighty).
    Rise to standing while reciting “Sam’i Allahu liman hamidah, Rabbana wa lakal hamd” (God hears those who call upon Him; Our Lord, praise be to You).
    Raise hands up, saying “Allahu Akbar.” Prostrate on the ground, reciting three times “Subhana Rabbiyal A’ala” (Glory be to my Lord, the Most High).
    Rise to a sitting position, saying “Allahu Akbar.” Prostrate again in the same manner.
    Rise to a standing position, saying “Allahu Akbar.”
    This concludes one rak’a (cycle or unit of prayer). Begin again from Step 3 for the second rak’a.
    After two rak’as, one remains sitting after the prostrations and recites the first part of the Tashahhud in Arabic.
    If the prayer is to be longer than these two rak’as, one now stands up and begins again to complete the prayer, sitting again after all rak’as have been completed.
    Recite the second part of the Tashahhud in Arabic.
    Turn to the right and say “Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah” (Peace be upon you and God’s blessings).
    Turn to the left and repeat the greeting. This concludes the formal prayer.

    At this point you should receive your 15% discount. I suspect, however, it is more likely you will find yourself on the street listening to a very angry proprietor. Which would beg the question, “What is the discount really for?”

  • Infidel1000

    Oh, good! Now I can pray to my Lord and Carbohydrate the Great Spaghetti monster out loud and get money for it, just as his noodly starchiness truly intended. Holy meatballs! It’s a miracle!

  • craig

    Matthew 6:5 says the people praying and the business owner fail at being christians..praying in public is forbidden and rewarding it is just as worse.

  • beachwitch

    Notice how the discount was applied BEFORE the tax. This means less tax revenue, which I think is against the law. To calculate taxes properly, the discount should be given AFTER tax. Otherwise, this unfairly benefits only the people who pray.

  • Unbelievable

    I don’t know what’s more unsettling; the fact that in 2014 people think it’s ok to discriminate against the non-religious and those who are of a religion that does not pray openly in public, the fact that this is a supposed news site that hasn’t even reported on that this is a civil rights issue and illegal?

    • I Kill Children

      Since I’m not a liberal, your comment is just nothing but a laughable fail at an attempt to troll. Though your stupidity did help illustrate all the points I was trying too make in my previous posts. Now go back to work. People on welfare depend on you.

  • Mary G

    Matthew 6:6
    But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

  • Michael mak

    I am sorry …I don’t buy this, not this way… these are plans .. they are not for Christians or Jews.. They don’t need to advertise that they are preying… it is for the next generation illegal Muslims entering through our boarders so that they can start preying anywhere in their new home! So sad ….

  • Garalee Weldon

    hmm, so saddened by many of the comments here. I believe in God, Jesus and what the Bible says and I am often ridiculed for that, especially for those, like about who claim it is myth, or I am an idiot. Funny, how they want the freedom to express their beliefs but I should not be allowed to express mine. Sad, so sad. I will pray for everyone.

    • Bob Seidensticker

      I disagree with your views, but I strongly believe in your right to express them. I don’t think anyone is trying to shut you up. Nevertheless, while you have freedom of speech, don’t expect the freedom to not be offended.

  • jordan madama

    So many people are acting buttfrustrated over a simple Christian restaurant giving a discount for praying. It’s like complaining that the baptist church on your street isn’t Jewish.

  • Brian

    I thought Jesus had some not so nice words for people who made a spectacle of themselves praying in public….

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