For years now, Wilma and I have been going there on Veterans Day. Not just for the free meal that they gave me, but for the atmosphere with the variety of Vets that show up.
Yesterday when we arrived around 3pm. I checked in to put my name on the waiting list as there were at least 6 Veterans with their spouses ahead of me. I was asked, "How many", I said two. Then she asked "How many Vets" I said one. She then took my name and told me it would be about 30-45 minutes.
My name was called in 20 minutes. We were escorted to our seat and told our waiter would be with us shortly. We waited what seemed like about 15 minutes before our waiter showed up with an apology that we had to wait so long for him.
Veterans could choose a meal from the menu above. Drinks and Gratuity not included in a free meal.
After dinner our waiter brought me our bill and mentioned, "Your check sir, zero balance, all zero's". Then he walked away.
Waiter's name, table, and identifying marks are blackened out.
I couldn't believe my eyes, and Wilma motioned to the waiter that we needed him. When he returned we explained that only I was the Veteran, not Wilma. He said "I understand, have a great day and thank you".
I was taken aback. Wow what a wonderful thing just happened.
I told him don't leave, I reached for my wallet and handed him a generous tip for waiting on us.
We don't know if our waiter paid our bill, if the management ok'd our bill to be paid or what. But Wilma and I are both appreciative of what happened and continue to support Applebee's.
Until next time be Safe and God Bless.