I must write about my experience on Thursday, Aug. 18. I called my brothers to please join me for lunch anywhere, as I had to get out of the house for a while. I live alone after losing my husband of almost 50 years of marriage.

Well, we went to Tony’s Restaurant in Brookfield on Ogden Avenue and had a delicious lunch. When we finally went to pay the bill, I grabbed the bag on the counter, thinking it was my leftovers.

I had no idea my brother had my bag until we got to the parking lot. When I saw that I had taken someone else’s food, I hurried back to return it. The gal at the register said they could not take the food back and to keep it or they would have to toss it in the garbage.

After I got home, it still bothered me that I had taken something that didn’t belong to me. I jumped in my car and drove back to Tony’s to insist on paying for the extra food, and they still refused any payment. They told me to accept it as a gift. They were very kind and understanding and told me to please just enjoy and come back again.

In this day and age, I did not expect such understanding and kindness. With this COVID-19 closing so many businesses, I did not expect them to take a loss, but they did with a smile.

I must say I am old enough to recognize good people. Since they would not accept any payment for my error, hopefully this will give them some good publicity and let the people know that there are still good people in the world.

Thank you Tony’s Restaurant, and I will be back again.

Eleanor Metheny