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Customer Leaves Big Tip and Heartbreaking Note About Friend Killed in 9/11

by Courtney Blackann
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You never know what kind of impact you’ll have one someone. A seemingly small act of kindness could change someone’s entire day – or life. A small Ohio diner found this out during the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

It all began when a mystery customer ordered breakfast, enjoyed his meal, paid, and then left. However, the man left behind a hefty tip and a small note. It was one that overwhelmed the restaurant owners in the sweetest way, according to Wyoming News Now.

The Green Lantern is a historic little diner in Toledo. It’s been around since 1927, serving local guests as well as people passing through. Owner Amy Tambouratzis was working Saturday, Sept. 11. She noticed a lone man come in to order a breakfast plate which was about $10. As she went to bus his table, she saw he left a $120 tip and a note which said the following:

“Lost my best friend in NYC 20 years ago today. He loved this place so much. You guys and the food are the best. Be safe. God bless.” -Patrick

Stunned and amazed, Tambouratzis ran after the man to say thank you and give him a hug. However, she was too late. He was gone.

“To hear that somebody loved this place so much, and to hear that his friend came in here on the day of his death is really heartwarming and I think it touched a lot of people,” Tambouratzis said.

Finding the Mystery Man Who Left the 9/11 Note

The restaurant’s Facebook account shared the message and 9/11 story hoping to find out who the mystery diner is. So far, the post has been viewed more than 10,000 times.

However, whether or not the owner finds the man, she plans to frame it and hang it up in the restaurant.

“It’s so amazing because this place has been around since 1927 and we get stories that happen here all the time, but this was quite unique,” Tambouratzis said.

The 9/11 anniversary was honored by many families, celebrities, and politicians. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, two airplanes were hijacked and crashed into the World Trade Centers in New York City. Another jet was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon. A fourth airplane was hijacked, however, the people on board fought the terrorists and forced the plane down in a field in Pennsylvania.

In all the devastation, first responders rushed to the scenes to help recover injured people and loved ones. The attack on American soil launched unity throughout the nation. Nearly 3,000 lives were lost in the tragedy. The incident was the first major attack on U.S. soil since Pearl Harbor in 1941.