This photo of a receipt wentsuper viralon Facebook a few weeks ago. It was posted by a Florida radio station whose staffers were shocked when they noticed the receipt included a 15% discount for praying in public.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based out of Wisconsin,put pressureon Haglund and the restaurant staff to end their prayer discount. From the foundation’s site:
Mary’s Gourmet Diner agrees with the Freedom From Religion Foundation that all of its customers should be treated equally instead of some being rewarded for praying in the restaurant in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Staff Attorney Elizabeth Cavell wrote an Aug. 4 letter of complaint after FFRF, a national state-church watchdog, learned that the diner had long been offering a 15 percent discount for “praying in public.”
Co-owner Mary Haglund emailed Cavell yesterday (Aug. 6): “I am notifying you & the FFRF that as of today we are no longer offering the 15% discount for Praying in Public.”
Haglund put on a statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page earlier this week, writing that the discount was never meant to discriminate, just a gift to thankful customers.