A Tennessee restaurant manager's Tallahassee connection and a chance encounter with a stranded Florida couple fleeing Hurricane Irma led to a random act of kindness none of the three will soon forget.
Deanna Feist and her husband extended their stay in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, to avoid the storm back home in Brandon, a Tampa Bay suburb.
When the couple headed to lunch at the Old Mill restaurant, their car's engine suddenly wouldn't respond. The manager gave their car a jump start, got them seated in the restaurant and when they were through with their lunch, told them it was on the house.
The manager, Mo Tamaddoni, has a brother in Tallahassee — who turned out fine after the storm — and wrote that he was "saddened" by the devastation in Florida.
He left the couple $200 cash for a car battery, a free-meal voucher — and a letter that read:
You are probably here to escape the hurricane Irma.
My brother lives in Tallahassee, Fl.
I am saddened to see such devastation in that beautiful state. I hope everything will turn out OK for you guys.
Enclosed please accept my gift to you in case you need to buy a battery for your car.
Also I am enclosing a meal ticket so you come back to eat here.
Good luck and thanks for visiting my restaurant