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Stranger anonymously picks up tab for Veterans at Elyria, Ohio restaurant

WKYC-TV Cleveland logo WKYC-TV Cleveland 11/13/2018 Dawn Kendrick

Kimberly "Kimber" Baynes of Elyria served almost nine years as a United States Marine.

Then, a bit of an overachiever, she went on to serve another 12 years in the navy reserve including a year active in Iraq.

On Sunday she was just having lunch, a party of 8 at the local red lobster.

"The waiter comes up and says some guy just paid your whole bill. We were completely in shock," said Baynes.

It turns out he paid for the tables of every veteran he could identify.

"He probably saw the back of my wheelchair and the Navy emblem," Baynes says, eyes welling up, both with gratitude and pride.

"He wanted no recognition whatsoever. We heard he was a construction worker out of North Carolina up here on business. He’s a good man. Whoever you are, thank you for your kindness thank you for appreciating veterans. You feel an overwhelming love from someone willing to just give to a stranger for no apparent reason," says Baynes.

Kimber feels like a kind gesture like that is essentially a salute for all military.

"It’s for the 90-year-old veterans I see in the hospital. For the junior ROTC I saw in the store. It’s for the kids who are coming. For the brothers and sisters my age that I served with. It’s for the ones who never made it back home. We’re family, happy to protect the extended family at large which is America ," says Baynes.

For Kimber the price though, is coming home with muscular problems, she walks with a limp, fatigue, chronic pain and migraines, Gulf War Syndrome, she explains.

"We have a lot going on with veterans. Suicide rates are high. A lot of veterans are trying to enter back into the workforce,” Baynes chokes up and places her hand over her heart when she says, “I really appreciate the kindness of strangers. It’s so simple to be kind. Smile. Open a door. Say please and thank you. People, I think in general are kind. Do a kind thing for someone else. Pass it on," says Baynes who by the way, didn't even want to do this interview because she is so modest and she wanted me to make sure that it was about this stranger.


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